By Kiersten Kelley, DC Habitat AmeriCorps member
DC Habitat was fortunate to host Cal State San Marcos’ Alternative Spring Break trip for the third year in a row. During the first week of April, a group of generous and motivated students lent their spring break to our affiliate – and what a fantastic group of volunteers they were! On their first day, the group helped prepare our new construction site at 56th Place in Deanwood, digging a long trench and setting up the perimeter fencing. In Ivy City, the group created the framework for the decks and fences at 1955 Capital Street, and they offered tremendous help with finishing touches on the interiors.
Cal State San Marcos group leader Sara Gallegos said this year’s experience was a great one because the group took part in a variety of projects. In order to be of service to additional community members, the Collegiate Challenge group spent one day volunteering with City Year, an AmeriCorps program.
“The students enjoyed the day we worked with Starbucks and City Year in Southeast DC to repaint and spruce up an elementary school. It was a nice change of pace of service and good for them to see a different area,” Gallegos said.
A few of the students were veteran DC Habitat volunteers, including some who fondly recalled working on the Empowerhouse during their last spring break trip to DC. Fortuitously, the group got to see Dorothy Jackson on Saturday, when she was on site at her soon-to-be Empowerhouse home, fulfilling some of her “sweat equity” hours.
“We hope to have the pleasure of hosting Cal State San Marcos again at DC Habitat,” said Jenna Widmann, DC Habitat’s Volunteer Services Manager. “It was truly a pleasure to work with this group of diligent, energetic students.”