GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A group of college students from Central Michigan University is spending their winter break doing service on the Coast.
While most college students look at winter break as a chance to relax, ten women from Central Michigan University decided to spend a week volunteering for Habitat for Humanity’s alternative breaks program.
“It amazes me that these kids would chose to spend their time helping a community that they’re not even familiar with," said Angela Singletary, volunteer coordinator for Habitat For Humanity Gulf Coast.
Throughout the week, they will fine tune a Gulfport home. Pulling off a project like this takes dedication from everyone involved. Group leader Riley Pavel says she’s excited to see how the house transforms over time.
Pavel stated, “My favorite part is knowing that we made a difference. Even if it’s little. We can see the change from when we started.”
Working like a well oiled machine, it would be hard to tell that these women barely knew each other before signing up to volunteer.
“We had weekly meetings leading up to us coming to Mississippi, and that’s how we met each other and learned each other’s names," says student volunteer Allison Duley.
Duley says working solo is more her style. But since working with Habitat, she learned that there is strength in numbers.
“You can’t do this by yourself. You need a group of people and a team, so that’s been kind of fun," she said.
There are six more days of service head, but with teamwork, the girls are confident that the days will fly by.
Habitat For Humanity says this is the fourth year Central Michigan students have come to the Coast to lend a helping hand.