The HWS Habitat for Humanity Club recently participated in its first community build project of the semester. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County, 13 students donated their Saturday mornings to putting the finishing touches on the 18th Habitat House built in the county.
“It’s hard to feel at home in Geneva if you don’t have a connection to the community,” says Molly Dietrich ’17, vice president and president elect for HWS Habitat for Humanity Club. “I want students to come back to Geneva four years later and to be able to say ‘I left my mark here,’ and not just at the Colleges.”
The house, which was dedicated on Sunday, March 6, is located on Hawkins Street in Geneva. The students helped move heavy equipment back into Habitat’s “restore truck” and worked on the house’s shed. Inside the house, students cleaned and sealed the kitchen floor tiles, vacuumed, caulked and painted.
Tom Hryvniak, Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator, says the students were “not only hard workers, but interested in the project and getting it done right.”
Students were inspired by Hryvniak’s dedication. “His devotion motivates us to want to do builds and fundraisers for the Ontario County Habitat for Humanity chapter,” Dietrich says.
In addition to meeting and collaborating with community members, Erika Ireland ’19 says she enjoys working with Habitat for Humanity because it provides a unique experience. “You can see the change that you are making as you help build a home for a local family,” she explains.