Hiram College

Photo courtesy of TJ Gerret ’12, from the 2011 Habitat for Humanity spring break trip.

The Habitat for Humanity student group at Hiram College is preparing for its yearly alternative spring break trip, as part of the Collegiate Challenge proram.

This year, 19 students and two faculty and staff members will visit High Point, N.C., during their March 4-9 spring break from classes, to build homes for needy families. To raise money for the trip, the group is staging its yearly fundraising auction on Valentine’s Day.

The auction will take place Feb. 14, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Dix Dining Room on the second floor of the Kennedy Center during Bread and Soup. Community members are encouraged to donate items such as baked goods, music lessons, dinner at the homes of faculty and staff and other creative contributions, as auction items.

Hiram College has been involved with the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge program for nearly three decades, and this year’s project is typical of Hiram’s emphasis on service learning as part of a broad liberal arts education.

“Here at Hiram, we are fortunate enough to be a part of such a widely known service, and thanks to donors, have the opportunity to take an annual trip over spring break to keep building homes all over the U.S.,” said Hannah Brown ’13, one of the trip’s organizers.

In past years, the club has taken up to 19 club members to places like Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Last year, in High Point, the group worked on the new Habitat Re-Store, a retail warehouse for used, but usable building materials, furnishings and tools, that can be re-used on new homes. The entire warehouse was gutted, and brand new flooring was installed. The crew also worked on a new house by raising the external and internal walls, and by preparing for the trusses and roof to be put together.

“To be a part of such meaningful projects provides an amazing experience for everyone involved,” Brown, a nursing major, said. “We get to help deserving families reestablish a sense of home. We put a great deal of time and energy into these houses, but nothing is more gratifying than knowing that our work will be enjoyed by a family who will make memories within those hand-made walls.”

To contribute to the auction, fill out this form. Contact habitat@my.hiram.edu with any questions.