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Students from Colleges Around the US Spend Spring Break Building Homes Though Pensacola Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge

US College Students Spend Spring Break Building Homes
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Students from Auburn University, University of Virginia, University of Connecticut, and St. Thomas Aquinas (at Purdue), traded in their Spring Break to volunteer during Pensacola Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge.


Pensacola Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program provides alternative school break volunteer opportunities to college students across the US. 45 students will take part in building six affordable homes for local individuals or families in our community while focusing on Pensacola Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, community, and hope.

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“I chose to participate in the Collegiate Challenge with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity during spring break because I felt a calling to contribute to something bigger than myself. My goals are to create a lasting positive impact on the community, grow closer in my faith with God, and take some time off from studying to relax and serve others,” stated Joey Pinakidis, Collegiate Challenge participant from St. Thomas Aquinas.

Each college also donates funds toward the building supplies and materials needed to build the new home, making up most of the funds raised. Hillcrest Church on Nine Mile Rd. and Gadsden Street United Methodist Church are sponsoring Pensacola Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge this year by housing the students. Several restaurants, including Moe’s Southwest Grill at Cordova Mall, East Hill Pizza, and New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria, have sponsored lunches for our volunteers.

“We are thrilled to have these students out here supporting our mission to build beautiful AND affordable homes in our community! I think this project will have a huge positive impact in this area. We rely on support from our community, and dedicated volunteers like these are what make it possible for Pensacola Habitat to continue to combat our local affordable housing crisis,” stated Crystal Scott, Pensacola Habitat’s VP of Development and Communications.

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Volunteers play a vital role in the mission of Pensacola Habitat for Humanity. Whether individually or as a group, there are many ways to volunteer with Pensacola Habitat, including construction, Community Development, ReStore, and more! For more information about how you can volunteer with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, visit pensacolahabitat.org/volunteer or email volunteer@pensacolahabitat.org.

About Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1981, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian ministry whose purpose is to improve communities through sustainable partnerships. Having built and renovated 1,400 homes, Pensacola Habitat seeks new and innovative ways to positively impact the community through various meaningful projects, including their Home Buyer and Neighborhood Revitalization programs. Pensacola Habitat for Humanity offers unique financing opportunities to qualified applicants to provide affordable home ownership in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. For more information, visit http://pensacolahabitat.org/.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Pensacola Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Our local Habitat for Humanity Restore supports Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes, communities and hope.  Revenue earned by selling donated furniture, appliances, building materials, and more is reinvested in our community to provide affordable homeownership options to families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.  Together we are changing lives right here at home.  For more information, visit pensacolarestore.com.