What happens when you combine students with a shared vision where families can purchase decent and affordable housing? Thousands of high school and college students are helping Habitat for Humanity DeKalb (HFHD) in their vision of “building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.” Each year, students from Tucker High School, Dunwoody High School, Emory University, and/or Mercer University Atlanta campus, as well as students from other schools, work side-by-side to build hope to help fulfill the dreams of many DeKalb County residents.
These local students are not the only ones who lend a helping hand to improve the quality of life for deserving families. Each year, the Collegiate Challenge program sees college students outside of Georgia spend a week of their time working on Habitat for Humanity projects, including repair projects. HFHD has hosted students from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), St. Olaf’s College (Northfield, MN), and the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL), to name a few. During their time here, the students work on numerous house builds and home improvement projects for seniors and veterans.
Students agree that volunteering on a HFHD project is “very rewarding, because you get to see the physical results of your work and you get to meet a lot of cool people. It’s a lot of fun.”
–Angela K. Walker