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Panther Habitat for Humanity: Spring Break 2019

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Panther Habitat for Humanity: Spring Break 2019

Every March, a caravan of minivans departs from the cold, grey hills of Pittsburgh and travels south to build houses with Habitat for Humanity over spring break. This week of service is part of Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program, a challenge to college students to work directly with Habitat affiliates to further our vision of a world in which everyone has a simple, decent place to live.  

Our Collegiate Challenge trips typically consist of 4 or 5 (depending on the trip) 6-hour days on various build sites in the area, where we frame and raise walls, install windows and doors, apply external insulation, raise the roof tresses and shingle the roof, among dozens of other small and large jobs – whatever is necessary to add to the work on the house. It is a great chance for all of us to learn new skills, whether it’s simply hammering a nail for the first time or installing all windows and doors in a house. 

We frequently work alongside the future homeowners, who are required to contribute at least 300 hours of “sweat equity” into their new homes. Hearing their stories gives a more personal meaning to our work, and it inspires our members to continue to support affordable housing long after our return to campus. The interaction with these homeowners is the force that drives most participants to come back on the trip for their second, third, or even fourth Collegiate Challenge during their college career. 

As President Jimmy Carter said,

“Habitat gives us an opportunity which is very difficult to find: to reach out and work side by side with those who never have had a decent home—but work with them on a completely equal basis. It’s not a big-shot, little-shot relationship. It’s a sense of equality.”

How You Can Help:

We are asking for your support to help our group of 30 students travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to serve with Habitat for Humanity over our spring break. Our goal is to substantially reduce the cost of the trip so that everyone who wants to attend the trip is able to do so, regardless of their financial ability. Your generous donation to our campaign will help cover van rentals, group meals, local housing accommodations, supplies and safety equipment, and program fees. Contributions of every size help, and we are very thankful for your generous support.

Every Testimonial Tuesday, one of our members will share their personal experiences from Panther Habitat and past spring break trips. On, HabiMinute Fridays, we will share with you a statistic related to affordable housing, and on Sundays will share a Weekend Update of how the campaign is progressing. We look forward to updating you with stories and pictures from our week of service!

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Box of Nails

Nails are vital for the structural integrity of the house. They attach pieces of lumber to form walls and hold the trusses together to make the roof. Every nail is important and without nails, the house would fall apart.


Tool Belts

Tools such as hammers, tape measures, pencils, pry bars, chalk lines, and knives are essential for building a Habitat Home. Tool belts help to keep all of these tools together with each of the builders so they can make progress on the construction without having to stop and locate a tool.


Circular Saw

The circular saw is an important tool on the build site. Particle board and lumber needs to be cut to the correct size so all the components of the house fit together correctly without any gaps or overhangs.


Safety Equipment

The safety of the builders is one of the most important factors on the build site. Safety equipment such as goggles, gloves, and hard hats are imperative in keeping the volunteers safe.


One Volunteer

Habitat relies heavily on volunteers on not only building the actual house, but also for food and drink donations, and supply donation. This donation pays for the cost of a volunteer through a Collegiate Challenge Trip.



Lumber is the skeleton that holds the house together. Without a sturdy frame, the walls and roof would collapse upon their own weight. Lumber is essential for maintaining structural integrity of the house.


Doors and Windows

A house needs doors and windows to be livable. The home owner needs to be able to enter and leave the building and enjoy sunlight while inside. These amenities are essential for every house we build.



A roof is important to keep out the rain and snow and provide shade from the sun. Every house needs a roof made of trusses, particle board, tar paper, and of course shingles.

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