Feb 27, 2014 5:20 AM by AP
This week, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity began hosting more than 100 college student volunteers who will be spending their spring break building homes with families in need of affordable housing.
The volunteers are participants in Habitat's annual Collegiate Challenge program, which provides college students the chance to work for a week on a construction site and delve more deeply into housing issues in the communities where they serve.
Participants raise funds to pay for their travel expenses and make a contribution to their host affiliate to cover the costs of their accommodations. Schools partnering with Lafayette Habitat for Humanity this year include Columbia University, the Ohio State University, Minnesota Concordia College, Rice University, DeSales University, St. Louis University, Connecticut Trinity College and Illinois North Central College.