Student volunteers from Linfield College in Oregon and other schools across the nation are in Tacoma this month to build Habitat for Humanity houses. Many gave up their spring break for the opportunity to haul lumber, cut boards and hammer nails for local families in need of a home.
Student groups have traveled from California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Utah to participate in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program.
Recent Linfield graduate Lauren Ross spent every spring break in college building homes with Habitat, led projects in Tacoma for two years, and liked it so much she signed on as an AmeriCorps construction assistant with the local Habitat organization.
“What I love about Habitat projects is that you get to work alongside families putting in sweat equity, and you get to hear their stories,” Ross said in a news release.