2017 Collegiate Challenge With Assumption College Students

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2017 Collegiate Challenge With Assumption College Students

By Cara Przybylowicz, Volunteer and Community Relations Manager 

For me, personally, Collegiate Challenge is always a time when I reflect on how I got my start with Habitat for Humanity.  In college and for two years after I graduated while working at my University, I was a part of four Collegiate Challenge trips. This summer, I will be a part of my 5th trip with an Alumni group! The Collegiate Challenge is always a great opportunity for college students to travel out of state, explore a new area, and work hard to help someone in need.


This year we had a wonderful group of 12 students from Assumption College in Massachusetts!  This is the school's 11th year coming to work with us here at Habitat Montco! Alongside our skilled construction staff members, Steve, Paul Rihn, and Paul Driscoll, this group of enthusiastic and hardworking students helped to put up siding, and install insulation in the basements of the four town homes currently under construction in Bridgeport, PA.  These volunteers were particularly fortunate as they not only had the opportunity to work on one of Habitat Montco's biggest build projects to date, but they also got to work alongside one of the Bridgeport Homebuyers, Veteran Dustin Gray. For these lucky college students, the experience was extraordinarily exciting- they got to work with a family that will eventually be living in the home they worked so hard to help build! 

On the groups last day with us we were disappointed to have heavy snow thwart our planned construction at the Bridgeport build site, but our volunteers impressed us by their optimism and outstanding flexibility. With the build site being too slippery to work on, the group also spent time volunteering in our ReStore!  They helped our crew unload items from the truck, and even hung some slat walls throughout the store to create more space, and a better overall aesthetic appearance for shoppers.  We had a great time working with our volunteer team from Assumption College, and we are excited to have them back again next year!

Thank you Assumption College, for coming together to work with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, PA for a week! Your support has made an astounding difference in the lives of families across Montgomery County. Thank you.