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Pitt-Greensburg Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip

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Pitt-Greensburg Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip

Although their campaign has concluded, if you would still like to make a donation to Pitt-Greensburg Habitat for Humanity you may always do so here.



We hope you will help the Pitt-Greensburg Habitat for Humanity campus chapter travel to Birmingham, Alabama so members can build a home for a family in need.

Habitat members with a partner family (alternative spring break 2015)

Several members of the HFH campus chapter take a photo with one of the HFH partner families in Pittsboro, NC last year.

In the spring of 2005, a small group of Pitt-Greensburg students went on an alternative spring break trip to Walton County, Florida to help the Walton County Habitat for Humanity build a home for a local family.  It was the start of an annual Pitt-Greensburg tradition. This year, 25 Pitt-Greensburg community members (mostly students) are embarking on the campus chapter's 12th annual Collegiate Challenge alternative spring break trip all in the name of making a difference in a community far away.

On Saturday, March 5th, our campus chapter will load up into three vans and drive to Birmingham, Alabama for this year's alternative spring break.

More than a quarter of the population in Greater Birmingham falls below the poverty line, so we are looking forward to visiting a city that can use our help.

We will spend our week building simple, decent, affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham - an organization that has served more than 1,000 families in the Greater Birmingham area since its founding in 1987. 

Our group will spend 6-8 hours each day from Monday through Friday working on a home with a local partner family. We will be doing a great variety of tasks ranging from building walls and roofing to putting in drywall or siding on the home. We will help our host affiliate fill their greatest needs during the week of March 7-11th.

With a group of 25 volunteers, we anticipate providing anywhere from 800-1,000 hours of service while in Birmingham.

What makes this trip special?

There are many things that make this project special.

1. We are putting service above self by giving up our spring breaks to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Each student will volunteer 30+ hours while on the trip.

2. For many of us, it is our first time traveling out of state and to a new place. In fact, most of us have never gone on a Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip. Of the 25 attendees, 15 have never experienced a Collegiate Challenge trip.

3. We will learn a lot about ourselves, a new place, and what it means to get lost in true service.

Photo from last year's HFH trip to Pittsboro, NC. From left to right, Quoc, Scott, Sarah, and Katie.

How does your donation help?

There are many expenses that our group will incur on the trip. They include:

  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) for 25 people x 8 days
  • Van rentals and gas for the 1,600 mile round trip and transportation to and from the work site each day
  • Program fees
  • Lodging
  • Work site supplies, such as gloves, etc.

Your donation will help us with these expenses and assure that we will have enough funds to have another successful Collegiate Challenge trip. Please consider donating at any level. Whether  you can help provide the nails ($10) or help us with the landscaping ($1,000), your contribution will be greatly appreciated by our group.  

Marion County, SC - Spring

The Pitt-Greensburg Habitat campus chapter at the end of a long work week in Marion County, SC in March of 2014.

Who is going on this year's trip?

Consider making a donation in honor of one of the students attending this year's trip.

  • Brian Root (campus chapter advisor)
  • Dijon Henderson (HFH alumnus)
  • Noel Saraceno (campus chapter president)
  • Quoc Vo (campus chapter VP/trip leader)
  • Marissa Shaffer (campus chapter secretary)
  • Trevor Decesere 
  • Katie Byers
  • Cody Karch
  • Raeann Tsui
  • Sade Banks
  • Jher Qin Yeap
  • Kevin Kudrick
  • Jillian Cardwell
  • Marc Hernley
  • Leigha Bucks
  • Brooke Stewart
  • Rob Pokora
  • Hannah Conner
  • Haley Moody
  • Aponi Geletko
  • Morgan Dougherty
  • Witney Larko
  • Taylor Legette
  • Madison Rinker
  • Pat Dittmar
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Box of Nails

Nails are some of the smallest components of the construction of a new home; yet they are the most vital in holding it together.


Roof Shingles

The roof of a home protects the family from the outdoor elements. It takes many roof shingles to protect a home.



The windows to a home allow the family to see out into the community. They also allow warmth and sunlight in while keeping the cold out.


Doors & Locks

Doors to a home provide the family with a sense of safety, security, and privacy. They allow the family to control who and what comes into the home.


Drywall & Paint

Drywall and paint are what helps provide a finished look to the interior of a home. It helps to create a welcoming and warm atmosphere in the home.



A home truly becomes a home once it is furnished with appliances. Appliances are often amenities that compliment the home and are crucial to a family's efficiency and day-to-day living.



Siding on the outside of the home protects the home from the elements and also puts a finishing touch on the home. It serves dual purposes and assures that a home will be protected for years to come.



The landscaping outside of the home helps extend a family's home into the outdoors. A yard provides a place for the kids to play, and other landscaping features increase a home's curb appeal.

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