CMU Habitat for Humanity
Who We Are:
Founded in 2000, CMU's Habitat for Humanity chapter leads domestic winter and spring break trips by participating in the Collegiate Challenge, as well as local Saturday trips, to help fulfill Habitat International's goal of providing low-cost housing to those in need.
In the past, we have traveled to places such as different locations in Florida, and Maui, Hawaii. On these trips, students provide support to the local Habitat for Humanity Chapters by hammering, sawing, painting, and more. Students also learn about important issues that are not taught in classrooms, such as substandard living conditions and how affordable housing builds strength, stability, and self-reliance for homeowners. These trips allow students from all different backgrounds to come together and make an impact.
Locally, we support the Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity Chapter in various projects by having bi-weekly build trips on Saturdays. These trips allow CMU students to go downtown and help provide affordable housing for members in the local Pittsburgh community. Through this, we hope to raise awareness about homelessness in Pittsburgh and expose CMU students to the Greater Pittsburgh community.
About the West Palm Beach Winter 2019 Trip:
A group of 15 students from all different majors, backgrounds, and years will be traveling as a group to West Palm Beach, Florida to build affordable housing for the local community. Florida is one of the states with the highest rates of homelessness. During the week-long trip, we will focus on helping the West Palm Beach community. We will also be making videos on this trip to showcase the work CMU Habitat for Humanity is doing. From this trip, we hope to encourage others to join Habitat for Humanity and show students that they too can make a difference.
How Do Habitat for Humanity Trips Benefit CMU Students?
Being in CMU, we are surrounded by people from different backgrounds and cultures. But as a student in such an academic-focused university, we don’t always have a chance or time to volunteer or have new experiences like building homes. Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge’s idea is simple: students can register as a group and travel to another state within the USA for a week to experience building affordable housing for a week. These students will stay at a church/housing that the chapter provides and will be guided in the process of building. Not only will this allow students to have a more meaningful break, but they will also be able to do something that they might not have time during the semester. This will allow students to meet and connect with other students who they normally would have the opportunity to interact with.
How Can YOU Make an Impact?
By donating to CMU Habitat for Humanity, you will be relieving students of major financial burdens. This trip comes with two major costs: a contribution fee to Habitat for Humanity chapter and airfare cost. Many students see this cost as a burden and decide to not take on this opportunity. In the past, we had students who are passionate about volunteering their time but are unable due to financial distress. We want all students to have an equal opportunity and be able to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Thank you for supporting for CMU Habitat for Humanity!
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