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Wilmington Day 5 -
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe


Amanda is a senior at UMW and was so blessed to have such a wonderful first, but certainly not last, Habitat experience.

wearehardcoar:

Wilmington Day 5 -

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe

Amanda is a senior at UMW and was so blessed to have such a wonderful first, but certainly not last, Habitat experience.

Wilmington Day 5 -
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe

Wilmington Day 5 -

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe

Today we left Florida. It has been such an incredible experience that we will all cherish.

As one of our closing activities, we each shared our highs and lows of the week. Some of the highs included playing games as a group in the evenings, and getting to know the other volunteer workers and the future owner of the house, Jennifer. Yesterday after we left the work site for the final time we went kayaking. Even though the day started out cloudy and chilly, by the time we got out on the water it had cleared up and the sun made it pleasant. There was a bonfire and food waiting for us at the kayaking place. The creek was beautiful and there were even some alligator and manatee sightings.

One of the common lows of the entire group was that we didn’t get to work on the house as much as we would’ve liked to. Many of us wished that we could have been able to start working on the inside of the house. However, many of us were satisfied with the progress we made on the siding as well as painting all the sides of the house. We gave Jennifer our contact information so that she may send us pictures of the finished project.

The past few days have been busy with hard work and lots of laughter. The the site we continue to make progress with siding and painting. On Wednesday, Kelly, Cait, Lydia, and Aaron spent most of their day digging a 3 + foot trench to lay the electrical line. It was hard work and they did not give up all though the work was hard (and dirty!). Now every time the homeowner turns on a light or or adjusts the temperature on the thermostat, she will benefit from their sweat and determination!

After work and a dinner at a local restaurant, we decided to see what all the fuss in Daytona Beach is about. The exploration turned up a huge arcade where we spent hours playing games (Skeeball- my personal favorite).

Today, we were rained out of our site so we lent a hand at the Re-Store and learned about how the store funds much of what Habitat does. In the process or helping we found a few things for ourselves including a brand new Trivial
Pursuit that we bought for $3! A heated game followed back at the house :)

Tomorrow is the last day and we only have a few more hours on site. It has been exciting to see the house come together but also the friendships that form. As the end is in sight, we are now making plans for how to keep in touch when classes start again. One week make can make a huge difference in a house and a friendship!

Wilmington Day 4 -
Despite another rainy day, we were able to keep high spirits and make huge progress on the roof. After lunch, due to the rain, we had to stop working on the roof and move inside. Although this was the last full day at the site, this was not the last day that I will see or talk to the friends I have made over this break. It will be hard to say goodbye tomorrow, but it’s nice to know that another group will come in, like we did at the beginning of the week, and make even more progress.
-Caroline is a freshman at UMW from Crozet, Virginia. This is her 11th Habitat build.

Wilmington Day 4 -

Despite another rainy day, we were able to keep high spirits and make huge progress on the roof. After lunch, due to the rain, we had to stop working on the roof and move inside. Although this was the last full day at the site, this was not the last day that I will see or talk to the friends I have made over this break. It will be hard to say goodbye tomorrow, but it’s nice to know that another group will come in, like we did at the beginning of the week, and make even more progress.

-Caroline is a freshman at UMW from Crozet, Virginia. This is her 11th Habitat build.

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.

-Shane Chamberlain
Junior year, Computer Science

What an eventful day filled with laughter! This is why I enjoy doing Alternative Spring  Break. Today was a memorable day meeting with Mary Washington alumni.
-Yoe is a senior, Business major from Burma.

What an eventful day filled with laughter! This is why I enjoy doing Alternative Spring  Break. Today was a memorable day meeting with Mary Washington alumni.

-Yoe is a senior, Business major from Burma.

Today was day 2 on the work site! The house is coming together nicely due to all of the volunteers’ hard work! We put up siding along all the walls of the house (and were able to fit the pieces together thanks to the excellent cutting skillz of three lovely ladies…you know who you are!)! We were nervous starting out the day with some drizzling and chilly weather, but the Florida sun came through for us and it ended up being a very nice day!

After a hard days work, we scurried home to rinse off for our New Smyrna Beach Mardi Gras adventure! People filled the streets waiting for the parade as we walked around exploring the downtown. Then we were treated to a delicious Mexican fiesta dinner where we could see the parade going down the street! We then braved the traffic to come home, hang out and call it a night. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings, on the site and in growing closer as a team!

Tess and Kell B, signing off!
The two best (and only) juniors on our trip! Peace out!

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.