Every spring break, a group of dedicated Hiram College students embark on a Habitat for Humanity trip to build homes for the less fortunate. This year, 15 students and faculty are traveling to Bloomington, Ind., from March 9-13, 2015, and an auction on Feb. 12, 2015 will help raise funds for the trip.
The auction will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Bread and Soup in the Kennedy Center’s Dix Dining Hall and is open to the community. Bread and Soup, held each Thursday of the spring semester, gives students and the community a chance to come together to eat a simple meal and donate a dollar back to local charities. Both Habitat for Humanity and Bread and Soup have been Hiram traditions for more than 25 years, and though they aren’t connected, the partnership for the annual Habitat auction has been a perfect fit in recent years.
“The idea of coming together is something that seems to be natural at colleges,” said Mike Corr, director of residential education and Habitat for Humanity advisor. “It’s definitely a natural occurrence for a place like Hiram, where everyone seems to believe in community service. That idea is true of both Bread and Soup and Habitat for Humanity, so coming together to both raise funds for service seems like a natural partnership.”
Auction items will include a dinner hosted by two Hiram staff members, cake pops, gift cards, dinners and more. Funds raised will pay for transportation and other trip expenses.
“The auction has been our biggest fundraiser since the beginning, and it has become a tradition for family and friends of the Hiram community,” said Hannah Brown, a senior nursing major who has been involved with Habitat for Humanity since her freshman year. “It gives us the chance to have everyone else become a part of what we do.”
Brown said she has cherished the opportunity to spend each of her spring breaks with Habitat, making new memories, forming new relationships and building homes.
“Traveling and building and sharing moments with such wonderful people has taught me so many valuable life lessons, and I will forever be grateful for The Hiram Habitat crew and being able to do what we love,” she said. “A true passion for compassion exists in this club, and one day, I hope to hear about all of the new memories and lives touched.”
This year, on the group’s trip to Indiana, they will be assisting in building two houses and hopefully meeting both of the families that will live there.
“It’s, for me, the most rewarding part of the trip,” Corr said. “To be able to work side-by-side with the person or family that’s going to live there makes it more real.”
While they don’t know in advance which part of the building process they’ll be involved in, there are tasks for all skill levels; Habitat recognizes that each volunteer has their own set of talents and that everyone has something to offer to the building process.
Habitat, like Hiram, is about embracing what makes you unique and using that to make a positive impact.