Builders squared: 2 groups help Habitat
"This is an amazing experience, and it's taught me about hard work and dedication. And, also, fun!"
Nicolette Williams' 2013 spring break may be the hardest she's has ever had to work to have a good time. The junior sociology major from Milwaukee was in Chris Zanowski's 15-person crew that went to Pasco County, Fla., just north of Tampa, to build houses with Habitat for Humanity.
North and east of our Sunshine State contingent, eight first-year students braved the elements to accompany Andrea Zick to the Habitat site in Anderson County, Tenn.,
"It snowed, rained, and was generally cold for most of the week," said Zick, the university's First-Year Experience Coordinator. "The last day the sun peaked out of the clouds and we are able to enjoy the view of the mountains around us."
Working shoulder-to-shoulder with students from MIT and Northwestern, the Florida team started each day with a morning devotion and spent the rest of the day at a variety of tasks.
"Each day's work varied. Throughout the week, students did new home construction such as dry-walling. They also worked in the Habitat resale store, and they helped build picnic tables and small sheds for sale with proceeds going to the habitat affiliate," Zanowski said.
In Tennessee, the UW-Parkside crew did a remarkable number of home building chores.
"They sided the front of the house, built the back porch, sheet rocked the ceiling, and finished the walls in the kitchen and living room," Zick recounts. "They put stucco on the foundation, painted the shed, leveled the crawl space in order to install a water heater, and leveled the ground to lay cement for the sidewalk and front porch."
Along with Nicolette Williams and Zanowski, the Florida team was David Carrubba, Michelle Castaneda, Shannon Dowell, Victor Duron, Tyler Hadley, Brittney Handley, Sergio Lechuga, Lorraine Logan, Kayla Mann, Lauren Moshea, Helima Phelps, Maggie Piery, Thomas Robbins, Williams, and Jenkia Williams.
Zick's Tennessee volunteers were Simmi Bharvani, Nicole Bletsch, VincentCelebre, Miranda George, Meghan Schiaffino, Kimberly Spreeman, Ciara Taylor, and Hillary Vara. Their trip was chronicled in an online Animoto video.For both UW-Parkside building crews, the trips were life-changing experiences. As junior communication major Tyler Hadley put it: We're changing lives?one house at a time!"