Wilmington Day 4
There are many things that go into building a house, but it takes even more to make it a home. After meeting so many participants in the Habitat program who are working hard to make their lives better, we are lucky enough to be a part of making this house a home. It is an amazing feet that a community can come together and work for the better of others and themselves. Being able to be a part of this experience remind me that I am lucky to have a group who is willing to work and that I have the ability to help. Today, a roof was covered in shingles, a porch was given a floor and the owners of multiple houses watched their dreams become reality.
Lauren Grant, junior English major at UMW. Leader of Wilmington trip.
Wilmington -Day 3-
It is day three on the Wilmington trip and it is going better than I had originally anticipated. I expected It to be fun but I was not certain as to the magnitude. I knew that the trip would not be all business because it is spring break after all. On day one we were all asked why we decided to provide a service during our spring break. When I was asked about why I am here I only gave half of the reason.
The UMW team is working hard with the construction of the house and having fun while doing it. It is difficult to walk the job site without seeing a smile. What we are doing for the community does not go unnoticed. Everyday so far a member of the community(neighbors) has brought refreshments for us in the morning. I am very surprised with how much freedom we have on the construction site. I did not expect to be given the opportunity to use a nail gun.
On day one we were asked about why we signed up for alternative spring break. My response was that I wanted to help people in need. That behavior is natural to me so the main reason I came was to help myself. I have often fantasized about being social and I figured being in a group for a long period of time would help me become a more social person. After a few days and deep thought sessions while hammering I have seen how difficult it is to change. Then I realized I was changing the life of someone else. I came to change myself but rather than changing my life I changed the life of a family in need of a home.
Junior year, Computer Science
Today’s adventure habitat for humanity-Wilmington, Day 2
Today our group had a big day at the construction site. We got very excited in the morning for our second day of working at the house. But nobody could predict this: expecting the warm and sunny day, we got a very cold weather conditions. With unprepared clothing, we couldn’t feel our frozen fingers and toes. It was a challenge for everyone of us. I was amazed when we got hot coffee and donuts from a kind couple who were friends with another volunteer group.
Because their warmth and the coffee defrosted our hands, we could finish the roof by the end of today. I was proud of our hard (but fun) work and reward was free pancakes with hot chocolate at IHOP restaurant.
My favorite part of today was working with others on the roof. This teamwork made us stronger!
I appreciated all the warm clothes and hugs that my teammates gave me, so it felt much warmer, and the cold didn’t touch me any more. It’s amazing what we could do together in just one day! I loved building a new future for a family that will now have a new house, a new beginning, and a new life.
-Olga Cheltsova is a freshman international student from Kislovodsk, Russia. She is majoring in Environmental Science and Business Spanish.