2012-03-22 / Front Page

Students participate in Habitat for Humanity College Challenge


With the assistance of local volunteers as mentors and job site leaders, a list of projects are being worked on at the Habitat ReStore within the Blanchard Center and Habitat for Humanity Hiawathaland area homes. Saginaw Valley State University students were just one of the groups who stayed at the facility, participating in their Collegiate Challenge Program. Above: Marquita, Jenna and Brittany paint a new face on the cabinets of the Habitat Pack and Ship office. Below left: Dan confirms his measurement and depth before cutting trim. Below right: Sifa, Brett and Katie unpack inventory and distribute it among the shelving units they made earlier in the week. With the assistance of local volunteers as mentors and job site leaders, a list of projects are being worked on at the Habitat ReStore within the Blanchard Center and Habitat for Humanity Hiawathaland area homes. Saginaw Valley State University students were just one of the groups who stayed at the facility, participating in their Collegiate Challenge Program. Above: Marquita, Jenna and Brittany paint a new face on the cabinets of the Habitat Pack and Ship office. Below left: Dan confirms his measurement and depth before cutting trim. Below right: Sifa, Brett and Katie unpack inventory and distribute it among the shelving units they made earlier in the week. Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed some additional activity at the Blanchard Center which houses the Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand offices and Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The first three Collegiate Challenge groups of college students for 2012 have been in and out of the facility completing various outstanding projects.


(Pioneer-Tribune photos) (Pioneer-Tribune photos) The first group to arrive was from the Catholic University of America out of Washington, D.C. The second was a group of 10 college students from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Mich. The final group of 25 college students arrived last week from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

Habitat currently has a home in Manistique that is being rehabilitated for a new family to move into sometime in April. Students in the building trades’ class at Manistique High School started the renovations by cleaning out debris, insulating the foundation and prepping the construction site for the Catholic University students. Part of Habitat’s standards includes making homes Energy Star compliant, which is why they added to and improved the insulation in the home. Upon their arrival, the college students diligently went to work caulking and repainting the interior of the house.

There was no shortage of projects for the Saginaw Valley and Stevens Institute volunteers once they arrived. Students were put to work completing the upstairs dormitories, constructing storage room shelves, and finishing the volunteer recreational room within the Blanchard Center.

Collegiate Challenge is a year-round program offered through Habitat. Participants have the opportunity to stay at the volunteer center and work on various Habitat and community projects which are essential to the ministry of serving families by providing safe, decent and affordable housing.

There are several other groups scheduled throughout the year to work on different Habitat projects within the HiawathaLand counties served, which include: Schoolcraft, Alger, Luce and West Mackinac.

Additional information on Collegiate Challenge, Workcamp/Mission Trips or other volunteer opportunities is available on the organization website www.hiawathalandhabitat.com. You can also contact them at (906) 341-7437.



Saginaw students Lisa, Lisa and Jade work on hanging drywall in the newly constructed family living quarters. Saginaw students Lisa, Lisa and Jade work on hanging drywall in the newly constructed family living quarters.

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