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BC Students to Build Houses with Habitat for Humanity over Spring Break

Eighteen Bridgewater College students and two staff members will trade in suntan lotion and swim suits for hammers and  tool belts as they spend spring break volunteering as construction workers with Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge Spring Break 2013.

The group, accompanied by Bridgewater College chaplain Robbie Miller, who serves as club adviser, and Stacie Horrell, assistant director of student activities, will leave for Sumter, S.C. on Sunday, March 10, and return to campus on Saturday, March 16.

For the 2013 Spring Break Challenge, the group will work in partnership with the Sumter Habitat for Humanity helping to build several houses.

To raise money for the trip, the group held a chili cook-off and sponsored a faculty/staff car wash.

Tyler Limbrick, president of the Bridgewater College Campus Chapter, is student leader for the group. Limbrick, a history and political science major from Fredericksburg, Va., is making his third Habitat trip. Over the past two years, he has traveled to Albany, Ga., and Blount County, Tenn.

“I wanted to do something meaningful during Spring Break that would make an impact and serve a great organization,” said Limbrick. The highlight of each trip has been being able to work alongside the family that will eventually live in that house.”

The BC Campus Chapter, established in 1995, is one of nearly 700 campus chapters worldwide. Organized by Bridgewater students, the group is affiliated with Central Valley Habitat for Humanity in Bridgewater, and helps provide shelter to the residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

This is the 21st year that Bridgewater College students have used spring break to work on various Habitat projects, including three trips to Miami and one each to Atlanta, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Independence, Mo., and Austin, Texas.

Now in its 37th year, Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing worldwide. The organization works in partnership with people in need throughout the world, building simple, decent shelter that is sold to them at no profit and financed with affordable loans.

In addition to Limbrick, Bridgewater College students making the trip are:

Patricia A. Ajavon, a sophomore art and business administration double major from Sterling, Va.;

Morgan Bender, a freshman health and exercise science major with a minor in nutrition and wellness from Grantville, Pa.;

David Crennan, a junior communication studies major from Springfield, Va.;

Jonathon W. Custer, a senior nutrition and wellness major with a minor in psychology from Broadway, Va.;

Holly C. Donahue, a junior art major from Manassas, Va.;

Chrystal W. Grandy, a sophomore biology major from Midlothian, Va.;

Tyler Goss, a senior philosophy and religion and mathematics double major from Mechanicsville, Va.;

Natasha Hudok, a senior business administration major with a minor in art from Huttonsville, W.Va.;

Jennifer Leigh Jewell, a senior communication studies major with minors in mathematics and coaching from Luray, Va.;

Kayleigh Knicely, a senior history and political science major from Dayton, Va.;

John L. Krehbiel Jr., a senior sociology and international studies double major from McPherson, Kan.;

Patricia Ann Moore, a junior biology major from Windsor, Va.;

Taylor S. Moss, senior sociology major from Mechanicsville, Va.;

Maggie Reeger, a junior international studies major with a minor in cultural studies from Shelocta, Pa.;

Nathan Stephenson, a sophomore international studies major with a minor in communication studies from Ellicott City, Md.;

Shelley Weachter, a sophomore mathematics major from Manassas, Va.; and

Derek Young, a junior applied physics major from Toms River, N.J.

Posted 3/7/13

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