Students from local and out-of-state colleges and universities will take advantage of an opportunity to do community service work through Rockbridge Area Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge this spring. Participating in the 2018 Challenge are students from Lehigh University, St. Joseph's and Hamilton colleges, who will spend their spring break in March helping to build a new home in Greenhouse Village. Adding to their efforts, students from Washington and Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, Southern Virginia University and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will volunteer on the build site during the four months it will take to build the home.
Through the Collegiate Challenge program, students learn how affordable housing builds strength, stability and self-reliance for local low-income families as they work side by side with the family who will purchase the new home.
This year's Collegiate Challenge house is being built in partnership with Amanda Plogger, who works in the housekeeping department at Washington and Lee University. A devoted mom, she drives from Arnolds Valley to Fairfield (almost 40 miles one way) in order to make sure her two youngest children get the special education they need. Amanda began her 200 hours of sweat equity in October by taking a 27-hour financial education class; her remaining sweat equity hours will be devoted to building her own home and the home of another partner family after the first of the year.