University of Maryland 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 the University of Maryland during their winter break. The students are building homes in Durham as part of Collegiate Challenge, Habitat’s national alternative break program. 

“Collegiate Challenge volunteers come from all over the country and bring great energy and enthusiasm to the important work of providing safe, decent and affordable homes for families in Durham,” said Heather Graham, volunteer manager for Habitat for Humanity of Durham. “It’s especially nice for the University of Maryland Terps to come into Blue Devil country.”

The students will be building wall panels and preparing the foundation for a two-story home on Kent Street in Southwest Central Durham. Local restaurants like Chick-Fil-A at Hillsborough Road and the Chapel Hill Subway Group will be donating lunches.

For over 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

Pearlie's home was so damaged that neighbors thought it was abandoned. Habitat partnered with the City of Durham to replace Pearlie's roof, a damaged wall, and exterior siding. Pearlie said, "It lifts my spirits. Habitat volunteers are beautiful people."