Darlington County Habitat for Humanity hosts student volunteers in Hartsville for spring break

Worcester Academy students will travel to Hartsville, SC during their spring break to volunteer with Darlington County Habitat for Humanity. The students will help build homes and improve the communities the week of March 9-13 as part of Worcester Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program.

“This is our second year hosting Worcester Academy,” said Mark Haenchen, Executive Director. “They bring a lot of talent and are a hard working group of volunteers. This year they will be working on homes in both Darlington and Hartsville.”

Aaron Kline, Co-President of the Worcester Academy Habitat for Humanity Club said, “Having the privilege to travel to a new place, be welcomed with open arms, and enjoy the company of new people is a special opportunity. Our annual trip has made me realize the importance of togetherness, and how a group of people with little experience but a common goal in mind can make a significant impact in their community. The trip creates a genuine excitement among our club and school community, and it allows us to take what we learn through our work on the job site and advocate for Habitat for Humanity in our own neighborhood. Most importantly, the friendships we make and the amazing people we work with forge memories to last a lifetime.”

Worcester Academy’s Habi-tat for Humanity campus program invites students to spend one week working with Habitat affiliates to build homes and improve communities. Since 2009, over 100 students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes.

About Darlington County Habitat for Humanity

Darlington Co. Habitat for Humanity was chartered in 1996 and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Inter-national. It has completed 35 homes in Hartsville and Dar-lington and currently has three homes under construction. They will be starting two more homes in the Hartsville area this summer. Tithes have also helped 54 families internationally to enjoy a decent affordable home. Darlington County Habitat sends its tithes to Haiti.

About Worcester Academy

Worcester Academy is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Their urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Author: Duane Childers

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