Hi everyone! We are excited to see that we have raised 39% of our goal! We are incredibly grateful to you all for supporting us and sharing our campaign for the Collegiate Challenge. As some of you may know, Giving Tuesday is tomorrow, November 29, so please consider donating to our club! We are so excited to help build a home in Wilmington, NC and further the affordable housing mission in this town, so any help is greatly appreciated. Please continue to spread the word! Thank you again for all of your efforts; it means so much to us. Our president, Mackenzie Stiles, wanted to share a little bit about her Habitat experience with you all!
Testimonial: Mackenzie Stiles, President
When I started college, I had this idea that my first semester experience was going to be permanent. I signed up for Habitat, but I was so busy, and it oftentimes became the thing I would toss to the side. Going to meetings? Fundraising? Volunteering? I had a million excuses. I had too much work, I wanted to hang out with friends, I wanted to sleep in. I thought the rest of my college experience would just involve occasionally doing something for Habitat, but I never thought I would actually make a dedicated commitment to the club.
Then, I ended up signing up to go on the Collegiate Challenge trip. My first year, we volunteered with Fort Lauderdale Habitat for Humanity, and I met some of the homeowners who were going to be able to afford housing for the first time in their lives. I learned how much I enjoyed putting effort into volunteering with Habitat more consistently. I was surrounded by older college students who were so dedicated to the club, and the excitement and passion they had for it was infectious.
After the Collegiate Challenge, I decided to run for leadership, and the rest is history. Nothing I have ever done has shown me the true value of collective volunteering like Habitat has. Regardless of experience, background, age, gender, Habitat has a way of humbling and teaching everyone. I have learned so much from working with our affiliates throughout the country. They have taught me how to use tools and build houses, but most importantly they have taught me to have confidence, as a member of a team and as a leader.
I want other underclassmen to be able to experience the same growth I have had through this club, which is why the Collegiate Challenge is so important to me. Please help us to continue to make this trip happen, so others can learn to appreciate and enjoy Habitat just as I had the opportunity to in my first year! We have 30 days left, and we would really appreciate it if you could spread the word about our campaign and what we are working toward. Thank you :)