During the months of March and April over 120 students (and some
staff) from Purdue University, Syracuse University, Spring Hill
College, Juniata College, University of Idaho, Manchester College and
the University of Wisconsin will work on up to four builds during the
next few weeks in Blount County. Twenty-five students from Juniata
College, located in Huntingdon, Penn., spent their break working on a
home for Traci Walker. This is a joint build with Foothills Community
Development Corporation (FCDC). Almost 50 students from Purdue,
Syracuse and the University of Idaho arrive next week and will be found
working on the FCDC/Walker home, as well as with Maryville High School
Habitat for Humanity Chapter on
their annual build. Maryville High School is building a home for Shaunetta Lowery and her daughter, Shakeiyah in Alcoa.
There will be plenty of work for all as Blount County Habitat for Humanity is currently completing one home in Maryville for the Middleton family, starting another home for the Adepitan family in Alcoa and are in the final preparation phase for the Women Build, which will start in May.
This spring break, more than 11,500 students have signed up to participate in Collegiate Challenge across the country. The program offers high school and college students year-round opportunities to use their vacations to serve a community by volunteering to build homes. Students from the United States and Canada will travel to 235 locations in the United States.
"Last year students made such a difference by giving one week of their time to help families," said Alynn Woodson, Collegiate Challenge manager for Habitat for Humanity International. "The week also gives students a great chance to travel to a new location and spend time with their friends building a home."
Anyone wishing to contribute to Blount County Habitat for Humanity
to help these students make dreams of homeownership a realty for these
families contact Audrey Poole at 865-982-8717.