Thirty-five members of the Washington College community spent their spring break week building a house in Columbus, GA, as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge Program in a partnership with NeighborWorks Columbus. This was the College program’s 13th alternative Spring Break trip, and 31 students (roughly 2% of the student body), three staff members, and one faculty member made the journey, as the largest Collegiate Challenge team fielded by Washington College yet.
The Spring 2013 Habitat team embarked on an adventure completely different from their previous trips. This year was fraught with challenges from the beginning, when the team learned that they would not be able to build in Columbus, GA as they have in past years and would have to find somewhere new. After months of planning, the officers found a place for the team in Albany, GA. Habitat for Humanity International graciously opened up some of their housing in Americus, GA. The team worked in Albany for four days alongside other groups from Juniata College and Ashland University. The three schools formed bonds as they worked on two handicap-accessible homes. The WAC team traveled back to Columbus on Thursday night to work with Columbus Area Habitat for a day, finishing homes that they had worked on during the Spring 2012 trip. Before returning home, the group was finally able to attend their first dedication ceremony for the home of Albert and Patricia Hartman, whose home the team worked on in Spring 2012.