Spring Break Collegiate Challenge 2016

Making a Difference in the Lives of Four Families

SPRING BREAK COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE, MARCH 6-25, 2016.

From March 6-25, 2016, three university groups each provided a week of building at our new Pinehurst subdivision in Edgewater. The groups resided in our fully furnished Habi-Dorm, and after work, enjoyed sampling the fare in New Smyrna Beach restaurants. On Thursdays, each group kayaked at Cracker Creek in Port Orange, followed by a bonfire and outdoor dinner.

Many thanks to Buddy Hughes of Professional Title, for volunteering to cook a sumptuous dinner each week after the kayaking, and to the Myers family, who cooked a hot lunch at the build each Tuesday for the students, our volunteers and staff. We are so grateful to them for donating food and a lot of prep time to feed our hungry workers.

The groups all enjoyed the beach every afternoon, since the weather was great throughout the spring break period, and they also did some sight-seeing in their free time. Their energy and enthusiasm is endless, and it is always wonderful to be with young people who are happy to spend their holiday time traveling across the country to help others.

ANNA MARIA COLLEGE from PAXTON, MASS.

habitatAmericorps100pxA team of fourteen young Christian men and women worked hard at Pinehurst, our new subdivision in Edgewater, building the frame of the future home of Lisa Kenney and her children. They also began to frame a second house.

The team from Anna Maria College in front of no. 39 Pine Brook, with Austin Falter, AmeriCorps service member, far right.

The team from Anna Maria College in front of no. 39 Pine Brook, with Austin Falter, AmeriCorps service member, far right.

A beautiful day for team building!

A beautiful day for team building!

And no fear of heights!

And no fear of heights!

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY from CLEMSON, S.C.

The second team of fourteen lively men and women came from Clemson University, and continued the framing of no. 30 Pine Brook, the future home of Dixie Herrera and her two children. Dixie and other family partners enjoyed working alongside the students.

The Clemson group wrote their wishes and prayers all over the frame they built. Dixie Herrera, future homeowner, was really moved by their beautiful words which will be built into the house forever.

The Clemson group wrote their wishes and prayers all over the frame they built. Dixie Herrera, future homeowner, was really moved by their beautiful words which will be built into the house forever.

Each group learned how to use power tools and soon became quite skilled with the power saw.

Each group learned how to use power tools and soon became quite skilled with the power saw.

Any Pink Brush Will Do!

Any Pink Brush Will Do!

HAMLINE UNIVERSITY from ST. PAUL, MINN.

The third spring break team consisted of ten young women who loved our warm weather, and were ready to build! They worked at Pinehurst for two days, continuing the frame of no. 30 Pine Brook, then moved to Hamilton Street, New Smyrna Beach, where they helped prepare two homes for families who will be moving in just a few weeks. The team joined our volunteers and partner family Paul and Jackie Bartholdson, laying the turf for 542 and 592 Hamilton St, and helped with some paintwork.

The girls enjoy the warm sun outside the future home of Dixie Herrera and family, after a morning of framing at Pinehurst.

The girls enjoy the warm sun outside the future home of Dixie Herrera and family, after a morning of framing at Pinehurst.

Measuring the walls at 30 Pine Brook.

Measuring the walls at 30 Pine Brook.

Laying the sod at 592 and 542 Hamilton Street.

Laying the sod at 592 and 542 Hamilton Street.

Every year, groups from different universities join us for Winter and Spring break Collegiate Challenges. They bring with them energy, enthusiasm and fun. Most of all they are wonderful workers who dedicate their days to doing the best job and as much work as they can to help our partner families.

Thank you for so much accomplished, and for new friendships formed at Southeast Habitat for Humanity. We hope you’ll come back again!