Students work with Habitat for Humanity during spring break

By Mark Albury, March 2005

alternative spring break participants

While many of their peers were taking a much-needed break from classes, nine Norwich University students spent Spring vacation in Franklin, Virginia, helping build houses for low income families. The student project was run in conjunction with Norwich's Office of Volunteer Programs and the Habitat for Humanity collegiate chapter Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity

Through volunteer labor and donated materials and funds, Habitat for Humanity builds houses with the help of homeowners, or partner families, and volunteers. While the labor is free of charge to the partner families, the cost of the building materials and any contracted labor is repaid to the affiliates by the families in low monthly payments. These payments are placed in to a revolving "Fund for Humanity" which is then used to build more houses.

"During our week-long trip, we worked on several Habitat house projects, including framing, electrical wiring, roofing, landscaping, and building a handicap accessibility ramp and stairs," said Norwich Director of Volunteer Programs Nicole DiDomenico. "It was a great experience for these students and everybody involved."  
The Norwich contingency which traveled to Virgina were trip advisors DiDomenico and Professor Sandy Hyde; student co-leaders Stephen Hopkins and Crystal Quagliaroli; and students Emmanuel Akhah, Barbie Duncan, Matthew Lawton, Dennis Orwat, Kyle Schoelz, Rachel Gibbs, and Jessica Bryant.