HICKORY — Spring break is often a respite from responsibility for many students, but for several Villanova University students, spring break has provided an opportunity for service.
Over the course of the last week, 16 Villanova students spent their spring break in Hickory working on various projects for Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley.
"Our lives have changed enormously since our arrival in this country seventeen years ago. We arrived with a suitcase full of dreams and hopes for a chance to rebuild our life. One of our goals was to acquire a home of our own. A goal that seemed so impossible at that time since we did not have resources, five mouths to feed and a single source of income. However, Habitat for Humanity appeared giving us hope that homeownership in the states was a possibility for my family.
Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's are calling on women nationwide to unite and build up their communities during the 11th annual National Women Build Week (NWBW). This is a unique opportunity where women can join other women all across the country to work together to build decent and affordable homes for Habitat homeowners. Women Build provides a place for women to learn the skills needed to build a home, but that does not exclude men from participating!
Villanova University is set to return this spring for their Service and Justice Experience week with Habitat Catawba Valley. The group of 15 students will be serving with us from March 3-10. While they're here, they will work on new construction in the Northstone subdivision as well as Habitat Repairs! projects throughout Catawba County.
Habitat Catawba Valley partners with other local organizations, mainly churches, to host Villanova students in the fall and spring. Churches provide meals for the students as well as activities. Not only do we appreciate the support that our local churches provide, our out-of-state volunteers are always so grateful for your hospitality and welcome into the community.
If your church is interested in providing a meal during Villanova's upcoming service week, click here to sign up.
Be sure to also stay tuned to our Facebook page for photos and updates from our Villanova service week from March 3-10!