Denison University students to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Durham during winter break

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This week, Habitat for Humanity of Durham will host 20 student volunteers from Ohio’s Denison University in during their spring break. The students are building homes in Durham as part of Collegiate Challenge, Habitat’s national alternative break program. 

“We are so grateful to these students for giving up their spring break and coming to Durham to build with us,” said Heather Graham, volunteer manager for Habitat for Humanity of Durham.  “Collegiate Challenge provides the students with an opportunity to make a lasting impact in our community.”

The students will work on three homes on North Blacknall Street in Northeast Central Durham. To help make their visit more enjoyable, the Villanova and Georgetown Law Alumni associations are donating meals for these students with the help of local restaurants like Chick-fil-A and the Chapel Hill Subway Group.

For the past 24 years, more than 194,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering across the country through this Habitat for Humanity program.  Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge is one of many Habitat programs that engage youth ages 5 to 25 in affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity of Durham plans to work with more than 70 families in Durham and Honduras.

Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. “There is no more fear,” Lal said. “We won’t have to move again because the home belongs to us.”

Lal