Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to building homes for families living in poverty. The vision of Habitat is to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. To date, Habitat has helped build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served 2.5 million people worldwide.

PC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity sends over 100 students on Spring Break service trips each year, organizes Saturday Builds in the city of Providence during the academic year, and puts on campus events to educate the PC community about Habitat and raise funds for this great organization.

Want to learn more?  Contact Ryan O’Keefe

Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Service Trips 2019 Application

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About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to building homes for families living in poverty. The vision of Habitat is to a build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Through volunteer labor (from people like you) and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside homeowner partner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit. It generally costs $70,000-$105,000 to build a Habitat home, and a family's mortgage plan allows them to pay off this cost, without interest, over 2-30 years.

How to Participate on a Habitat Spring Break Trip

Everyone who submits a completed application and the $50 deposit by the application deadline will be given primary consideration. Applications are due by 4:30pm on Friday, October 12th. $50 deposits are required and should be dropped off to Jane McGuirk in the Campus Ministry Center (basement of the Chapel) upon application completion. Both cash or check (made out to "Providence College")  are accepted.

If you're interested in leading a trip, please indicate on your application and sign up for an interview with n Executive Board member here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1j9Wrns4pHDPkAC0edgva1t2a7e0q__g6bCohnmoapWk/edit?usp=sharing

Dates and Destinations for Habitat Spring Break Trips

Habitat for Humanity 2019 Spring Break Trips will take place from Saturday, March 9th to Saturday, March 16th. Each year, Providence College sends about 150 students up and down the East Coast to build affordable housing for families. For Spring Break 2019, we plan to send trips to a variety of places including Virginia, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, among others. Each year there are 12-14 different Habitat Spring Break trips. After applications are received, Habitat Spring Break Trip locations are selected by the Exec Board in October as part of the Habitat Collegiate Challenge.

What You Will Be Working With

8-12 students participate on each Habitat Spring Break trip, and is lead by 2 student leaders. Habitat Spring Break Trips are a great way to get to know fellow classmates outside the PC campus. Additionally, Habitat requires a family to contribute a certain number of "sweat equity" hours towards building their own homs and gain a strong sense of community. This helps homeowners learn to maintain their own homes and gain a strong sense of community and pride in their neighborhoods. Because the future homeowners are so involved in the construction process, you will get to meet the people who will own the houses you are building. Depending on your construction site, you may be building homes from the ground up, working on multiple homes in a Habitat neighborhood, or rehabilitating existing homes.

What the Week Will Look Like

Most Habitat affiliates house their volunteers in churches or local recreational facilities. You will have access to a kitchen, and some of your meals may be donated by local businesses, churches, or neighbors. You will have free time in the evenings to enjoy your group and the local community. Groups always come back with stories of country line dancing, waffle house excursions, bowling tournaments and great memories of staying in and playing games, watching movies, having dance parties, and generally enjoying each other's company!

Trip Cost

This year, the trip will cost $200 (your $50 deposit plus $150) per participant. This cost covers all fees assessed by Habitat for Humanity, insurance, lodging, transportation, and food. The Providence College Habitat Chapter will plan fundraising events during the 2018-2019 school year to help offset this cost for participants. We do not want cost to be a determining factor in your decision to participate in our trips, and if necessary, we can help you raise the money you need to participate on a Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip. If you have financial concerns, please contact Heidi Fraitzl, Campus Minister for Global Service (hfraitzl@providence.edu; 401-865-1944).

If You Have Any Questions or Need More Info

Contact Heidi Fraitzl or Student Coordinator, Ryan O'Keefe (rokeefe@friars.providence.edu) with any additional questions.

Important Dates for Habitat Spring Break Trip Participants

Friday, October 12
Applications and $50 deposit due
Week of October 15
Leader Interviews (leader applicants only)
Sunday, October 28
Leader Retreat (leaders only)
Sunday, November 18
Habitat Coffeehouse (For everyone - meet your group and find out where you're traveling to!)
Friday, March 8th - Saturday, March 9th
Spring Break Kick-off Events
Sunday, March 10th - Saturday, March 16th
Habitat Spring Break Trips
Saturday, March 16th
Welcome Back Event

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Habitat for Humanity Community Standards Agreement

In line with the goals of Habitat for Humanity, the leadership team has developed a set of community standards to guide our time together. The following statements constitute that community agreement. Please check the lines to show that you have read, understand, and agree to uphold the following community standards.

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Applicant Information


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Applicant Questions

(**Previous service is not required for participation on a Habitat Spring Break Trip.**)

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Leader Application

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Emergency Information

(medicine, food, etc.)

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Emergency Contact

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