Montrose Habitat for Humanity to Host Student Volunteers

05/02/14 | By | More

MONTROSE – Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County will host students from Saginaw Valley State University during their May 6-17 spring break. The students, participants in Habitat for Humanity’s national alternative break program, Collegiate Challenge, will build homes for families in need of affordable housing.

“We are delighted to have this group of college students join us in our efforts to begin the construction of three new Habitat Homes in the West Meadows Subdivision,” said Colleen Burke, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Montrose County. “Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious and will get our construction season off to a wonderful start.”

Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge alternative break program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this spring. The program, which invites students to spend one week working with Habitat affiliates to build homes and improve communities, was started in 1989. Since then, more than 230,000 college- and high school-aged students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating nearly $24 million to Habitat affiliates.

”We are grateful to all of the students who have so graciously dedicated their spring break to helping others over the last 25 years,” said Mark Andrews, Habitat for Humanity International’s vice president of volunteer and institutional engagement.

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of many Habitat programs created to engage the next generation of leaders. In addition to the ongoing support State Farm offices provide to local Habitat affiliates across the United States, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs since 2007.

Over the past 20 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 44 local families to help build and move into homes of their own. Habitat for Humanity is always in need of volunteers to help with construction, special events and at the new ReStore. To volunteer, contact restore@habitatmontrose.org or 970/252-9304.To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, email colleen@habitatmontrose.org, or call 970/252-9303.

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