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WKU Habitat chapter sending group to North Carolina for winter break trip Dec. 11-17

WKU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be sending a volunteer group to North Carolina for a winter break trip Dec. 11-17.

The WKU group will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to assist the local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate with various projects as part of Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge.

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.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsythe County in Winston-Salem has served more than 400 families in 31 years through new construction and home preservation projects. Five percent of housing in Winston-Salem does not meet the minimum housing code. Two and a half percent live in overcrowded conditions.

During the week the WKU students will be working at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, building new construction with the Winston-Salem BB&T Challenge Initiative or working on some brush with kindness projects as part of Habitat Forsythe’s neighborhood revitalization efforts.

The WKU group is led by student leader Theresa Ford, a senior Elementary Education major from Prospect, and advisor Bryan Reaka, faculty member in WKU’s Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Science. Participants in the trip are: Caleb LaGrange, a senior Construction Management major from Goshen; Konnor Jones, a senior Chemistry major from Bowling Green; Bradley Alexander, a junior Construction Management major from Leitchfield; Kelsy Leppo, a junior Animal Science major from Lexington; Maggie Sullivan, a junior International Affairs major from Louisville; Adam Byrd, a senior Architectural Sciences major from Franklin; Lauren Wagner, a Mechanical Engineering major from Louisville; YukFong Chiu, a junior Architectural Science major from Hong Kong; Luke Headley, a senior Agriculture major from Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Kevin Millay, a freshman undeclared major from Guston.

Contact: Bryan Reaka, (270) 745-7032

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