Three William Smith students recently attended Habitat for Humanity’s Youth Leadership Conference 2012, the theme of which was “Building on 25 Years.” Pamela Eck ’15, Taylor Milbrath ’14 and Emily Vollo ’14, who are all integral members of the Habitat chapter at the Colleges, traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the celebration and conference in hopes of learning techniques and tactics to bring home to the campus. The event spanned the first weekend of November and included workshops, presentations of awards, and a keynote by Habitat’s first-ever volunteer, Clive Rainey.
The three women learned about the conference through Katie Flowers, director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, who mentioned it to them in the spring. They decided collectively that it would be a great way “to help revamp the campus chapter here at HWS.”
Habitat’s conference included many opportunities for the women to get involved and work with others to plan new and exciting activities to put in place on campus with the coordination of the Ontario Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Vollo explains that the focus of the conference was to “build new fundraising concepts and learn how we can become more involved with our local affiliate, the Ontario Chapter. We also learned about an event called Collegiate Challenge, which is similar to HWS’s Alternative spring break but sponsored by the international Habitat for Humanity organization.”
The women plan to use all that they have learned to build a better relationship with the local Habitat affiliate and also to increase efforts on campus. The Colleges’ chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host the upcoming Mr. Hobart competition to raise funds for its next build.