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Alternative Spring Break 2011

Seventeen Pennsylvania College of Technology students and two chaperones traveled to Florida for an Alternative Spring Break, working with the Greater Miami chapter of Habitat for Humanity through the Collegiate Challenge program. The year-round initiative offers groups of five or more, age 16 and older, the opportunity to visit one of Habitat’s 200 host affiliates throughout the United States. Groups spend one week in partnership with the affiliate, the community and partner families to help eliminate poverty housing in the area. The Penn College group spent a day volunteering at the Miami Habitat ReStore, which sells donated building materials, appliances and household furniture to the public to fund construction of more homes. Volunteers clean donated goods, arrange displays and help customers. The contingent inventoried storm shutters, a necessary job with hurricane season approaching, and organized several pallets of tile. The ReStore generates enough revenue to build about half a house each month. For the balance of the trip, work crews engaged in roofing and hanging ceiling strips in an area where nine Habitat homes are under construction within a few blocks of one another. The Miami chapter has 56 homes in progress, with a goal to build 100 this calendar year. This is the 22nd year that Miami – the largest Collegiate Challenge site in the country – has hosted students.

— Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer, and other Habitat volunteers

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