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WKU’s Habitat chapter will participate in spring break projects in 3 states

Nearly 30 students and faculty from WKU’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Aberdeen, N.C.; Tupelo, Miss.; and Waynesburg, Pa., next week during spring break.

During the week of March 8-12, the groups will help a family in need of a simple, decent and affordable home as part of Collegiate Challenge, Habitat for Humanity’s year-round alternative break program.

Collegiate Challenge is an alternative break trip program run through Habitat for Humanity’s Youth Programs and volunteer mobilization department. The program offers students an opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity affiliates from across the country during breaks in their academic year.

The program works to build houses and hope in communities. Students learn a great deal about building, issues of substandard housing, working and living within a community, cultural differences in different parts of the country and most of all themselves as a result of the program.

Here are the WKU students and faculty who’ll be participating in next week’s spring break trips:

Aberdeen, N.C.: group leader Jill Gladish, a junior from Evansville, Ind.; students Christopher Leachman, a senior from Campbellsville, Ky.; Lauren Alter, a junior from Louisville, Ky.; Emily Bockelman, a senior from Evansville, Ind.; Eric Mahoney, a junior from Owensboro, Ky.; Alexander J. Castlen, a junior from Owensboro, Ky.; Amy Irons, a sophomore from Bowling Green, Ky.; Holly Best, a junior from Owensboro, Ky.; Bryant Lipp, a freshman from Alvaton, Ky.; Tony Riney, a junior from Owensboro, Ky.; faculty representative Father Mike Williams.

Tupelo, Miss.: group leader April August, a freshman from Spring Hill, Tenn.; students Brittany Dansby, a junior from Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Mina Jeong, a political science major from Seoul, South Korea; Eric Cavender, a sophomore from Nashville, Tenn.; Kevin Chandler Crowe, a junior from Tompkinsville, Ky.; faculty representatives Jack Rudolph, Susan Redick and Bryan Reaka.

Waynesburg, Pa.: group leader Abigail Greenwell, a sophomore from LaGrange, Ky.; students Samual Oldenburg, a freshman from Owatonna, Minn.; Rebekka Welch, a sophomore from Paducah, Ky.; Kristen Mikulcik, a sophomore from Murray, Ky.; Kevin Barnes, a junior from London, Ky.; Jessica Bertram, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind.

About Collegiate Challenge: From February to April, Collegiate Challenge participants from across the country will volunteer in 200 Habitat locations. In the past 21 years of the program, more than 168,000 Collegiate Challenge participants have volunteered with Habitat during their school breaks.

“Students have a number of options to consider for their school breaks, and we are so grateful for their interest in volunteering their time with Habitat,” said Desiree Adaway, Habitat for Humanity senior director of Volunteer Mobilization. “Their efforts will help provide homes for so many families in communities across the country.”

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat’s work. Since 2007, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs, with a sponsorship commitment of more than $1.1 million in grants each year. Additionally, State Farm offices contribute more than $500,000 annually to Habitat affiliates across the United States.

About Habitat for Humanity International: Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.

Contact: Jill Gladish, 745-2422.

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