WASHINGTON, PA (March 27, 2012)—A group of Washington & Jefferson College students continued the Alternate Spring Break tradition at the College by turning a week at the beach into homes for families in need.
Eleven students and associate dean of student life Steve Anderson spent last week in Miami, helping to finish seven Habitat for Humanity houses. W&J students have been partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for the past 12 years.
“This is an opportunity for our students to do something positive during Spring Break,” Anderson said, “to contribute to an amazing community project and affect change in people’s lives.”
Anderson said students helped in a variety of ways, including installing doors, painting inside and outside, hanging blinds and curtains, and installing organizers in closets. They also had the opportunity to meet some of the families who will be moving in to the houses, all seven of which are scheduled for occupancy in mid-April. Students also spent a day working in a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the organization’s resale outlet.
The group left campus March 18 and returned home March 24.