Posted: Mar 5, 2013 2:32 PM by Press Release
Lafayette, La.) - Beginning this week, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity (LHFH) will host young volunteers from all over the United States to help build homes for local families in need of affordable housing. From March through May, more than 120 college and high school students will be coming to Lafayette to participate in Habitat for Humanity's national alternative spring break program, Collegiate Challenge. The schools partnering with LHFH include Columbia University, University of Notre Dame, University of Toledo, DeSales University, The Ohio State University, Chico State University, and East Richland High School.
"What is so unique about this volunteer effort is the fact that these are college and high school students giving up their spring break for community service," said Joelle Boudreaux, LHFH Volunteer Services Director. "Instead of the beach, they will be in Lafayette, Louisiana making a direct impact. Their efforts will assist us in ending poverty housing in Acadiana." More than 20 local restaurants will be donating lunches for the volunteers, and Boudreaux hopes that they will receive a true taste of Cajun culture both on and off the worksite.
The college students will be working on two homes in LHFH's focus neighborhood, McComb/Veazey. "With these additional volunteers working alongside our local volunteers and future homeowners, we expect our construction schedule to progress significantly," Boudreaux said. We're thrilled because this means our homeowners will be able to move into their new homes sooner than planned."
For the past 24 years, more than 208,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering across the country through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program, donating more than $20 million to Habitat affiliates.
In addition to the Collegiate Challenge groups, an 11-member AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team will be working with LHFH from March-May. NCCC's mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service in partnerships with non-profits.
"We are immensely grateful for the national volunteers we will be hosting," said Boudreaux. "Collegiate Challenge and AmeriCorps have historically made a huge impact on Habitat's work, both here in Lafayette and across the country."