Wake Forest Volleyball Participates in Habitat for Humanity Build
March 8, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Taking advantage of the opportunity to give back to the local community, the Wake Forest volleyball team took part in a Habitat for Humanity build on Saturday, February 18 at Smith Farm.
The Demon Deacons spent approximately seven hours working at insulation installation and were fortunate to witness three separate home dedications as well, touring the finished dwellings and meeting the families that will reside in them.
"It was a very long day, said junior middle blocker Andrea Beck. "But we enjoyed getting to work with the construction coordinators, who were all very friendly. One of the most satisfying aspects of the experience was the fact that we got to be a part of both the first and the last phases of the building projects - we worked all day on the foundations, and then got to see the dedication of three finished homes."
Beck said it was particularly rewarding to listen to the beneficiaries of the project.
"The ceremony I attended was very moving," said Beck. "They introduced the family that is going to move in (a woman and her two children), and then the woman spoke and thanked various people. She and her son were both in tears by the end, so it was very obvious how much the project means to the people who eventually move in to the homes."
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller as a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry with the mission of "seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action." In order to accomplish its mission, Habitat "invites people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses together in partnerships with families in need."
In the last 35 years, Habitat has built more than 400,000 houses and served over 2 million people not only in the United States, but also in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity or if you would like volunteer or donate to Habitat visit www.habitat.org or call 1-800-422-4828.