Lucio Perez and Wesley La Point
Seventeen members of the LHU Outreach for Humanity Club, club advisors, and an LHU PACC VISTA decided to something different with their time off. These students spent their Spring Break traveling down to Georgetown, SC where they worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for low-income, working families. Students who went on the trip learned of the economic hardships that people living in the Georgetown region face, which was an eye-opening experience for the students who attended.
On the first day, students attended an orientation at the Habitat office where they learned about the region, economy, affordable housing needs and services that Habitat for Humanity provides. Georgetown is the third oldest city and second largest seaport in SC.
Through the change in the economy focus dating back to the civil war and rice plantations, to more recent hurricanes and losses in area businesses, the city continues to prosper in rich history and culture. Sarah Landro, a sophomore in the Pre-Physician Assistant program who attended the trip, explained “There was no better way to spend Spring Break than being with people that share the same values to help others.”
The group provided over 490 hours of direct service to the Georgetown community and accomplished building 45 interior and exterior door frames and 30 window frames that will support 3 of the homes under construction. Among the frames, they assisted in other tasks such as building walls, book shelves, and display units that benefits their new community HFH ReStore.
When students were done building for the day, they managed to explore the region. The group adventured into self-directed tours of historic Georgetown with its Gullah culture and Rice Museum. Students had a guided ghost tour that included stories and overviews of historic events in the region. The group was also enjoyed the region and the culture by going on a guided kayak tour through a cypress swamp on Black Mingo Creek, taking an afternoon hiking through Huntington Beach State Park where they viewed alligators, and exploring Myrtle Beach and Historic Charleston.
Aly Page, a junior majoring in Criminal justice with a psychology minor, goes on to explain, “since my three years in college, this has been the best and most rewarding spring breaks and I hope to do it again next year.” Overall the trip was a success and a lot was accomplished in the short amount of time.
Wes LaPoint, a freshman studying business administration, explains how the trip was, “incredibly fun, but it also felt very fulfilling knowing that we were doing something meaningful. Overall it was an amazing experience.”
By getting involved with HFH Collegiate Challenge, students are able to see another part of the USA while they also improve their leadership skills, develop and strengthen friendships, learn about poverty housing issues, advocating and providing simple, decent, affordable places to live for people in need.
The LHU Outreach for Humanity Club also enjoyed pre-service training and volunteer experience with a local Habitat for Humanity before they participated in HFH Collegiate Challenge. To learn more about how you can get involved with a local HFH, contact:
Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity www.lycominghabitat.org
Location: 540 Lycoming Street, Williamsport PA
Contact: HFH staff at 570-322-2515 or staff Arion Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos courtesy of Lauren Wright