Students are taking up the call for service in the community.
This year the four area universities, Virginia Military Institute, and Southern Virginia, Washington and Lee, and James Madison universities, are meeting the challenge build safe, affordable housing for local, low-income families.
College students from around the country go to Habitat affiliates each spring and fall during their breaks to help on houses. This year, Lehigh University and Hamilton College will visit Rockbridge to work on RAHfH’s 70th house with Amanda Plogger and her family. students from the local colleges have worked mostly weekends since February.
Collegiate Challenge offers young people an opportunity to learn about substandard living conditions and how affordable housing builds strength, stability and self-reliance for homeowners. Students interact with homebuyers and gain life lessons that stay with them far into the future. All the fun is just icing!
Top: Students from Souther Virginia University gather in front
of RAHfH's 70th house as part of the local Collegiate Challenge
project in Greenhouse Village. Left: Washington and Lee
University students move cement blocks in preparation for building
a house foundation. They came to volunteer as part of the Napors
Day event. Below right: SVU students replace soil around the
foundation of the Plogger family home in Greenhouse Village.