Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to “make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.” In only one week, a group of Waynesburg University students from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania were able to take a foundation of a home and put together its outer layers. They could have been enjoying spring break at the beach, but they preferred giving back to someone they don’t even know, Ms. Candis Grier. We are so grateful for their week of extraordinary service in our community.
Dave Zablotny, Executive Director of Habitat Cabarrus, reflected on Waynesburg University’s week of building by saying, “Collegiate Challenge is such an important program for Habitat Cabarrus. The young people who travel long distances on their spring break to support our affiliate and a family they have never met, mean so much to us. Waynesburg University has now sent a team to build with us for six consecutive years and they have become our Collegiate Challenge “poster children”. This year’s team has been incredible and they have certainly lived up to the standard set by their predecessors. What a great message of hope they bring for the future!”
We would also like to give a special thank you to the Cabarrus County community for being such wonderful hosts for our visitors from afar. St. James Lutheran Church hosted our Waynesburg University volunteers this week while the Cannon Memorial YMCA let them use their showers every night. Lunch was provided by Target, Chick-fil-A Concord Parkway, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, and Wendy’s. McGill Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church provided dinner. We cannot thank our community partners enough for helping us take care of our guests this week and to those who will be hosting and feeding our next three Collegiate Challenge groups.
If you are interested in providing meals or snacks to our Collegiate Challenge teams, please contact Dyana Bostian. Be sure to check back each week to see students from Stockton University, Northwestern University, and Gates County High School continue the 2016 Collegiate Challenge build!