Student Org Profile: Habitat for Humanity

How often does the Middlebury chapter of Habitat meet and how many builds does the club participate in each year?

  • Habitat does not hold regular member meetings. What we try to do is organize regular Saturday builds with Vermont Habitat for Humanity chapters. Usually, the builds are 4- to 6-hour long commitments and we try to do five builds per semester. In addition, we also hold two longer break builds that last one week over February and Spring Break.

Where and when did the most recent build take place?

  • Last Saturday, April 22nd, we had a group of five go out to a build site in Cornwall. We worked with the local Addison County Habitat for Humanity chapter on a new house that just got started this month.

How can students get involved?

  • Students can get involved by signing up for our mailing list or requesting for membership on MiddLink. That way, they will receive emails and notifications of when we are open to signing up for builds. Signing up happens through go/hfh.

What’s your favorite part of being a part of Habitat?

  • Sarah Scott ’17: My favorite part of Habitat is that I get a chance to participate in what I think of as a non-conventional service activity. For me, ever since high school working with younger students as a mentor or tutor has been almost the sole way of volunteering. With Habitat, you get to learn some new skills, meet some new people, and potentially get out of your comfort zone a bit.
  • Gabbie Santos ’17: Favorite part is collaboration all around: among Middlebury peers who I might not necessarily interact with on campus, local community members, and sometimes, the family who will own the house, as they too have to work on the site for a specific number of hours (per Habitat guidelines).

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