Forest First-Year Students Raise Homes with Habitat

What started as a Give-A-Day opportunity quickly expanded into a much larger challenge for some of Forest's first-year students.

After attending Forest's Give A Day with Habitat for Humanity and being rained out, students Hannah Harris, Brent Huber, Traci Campbell, Jolyn Pinamonti, Josie Bolanowski, Jordan Jeffries, and Emily Kubalik volunteered nearly 45 hours over a period of a month to help with the Habitat for Humanity "Six by Six Challenge".

The "Six by Six Challenge" is what Habitat for Humanity calls a "blitz build" and happened between March 31 and May 31.  That averages out to approximately 11 days per house.  At completion, six deserving families, who assisted in construction of their homes, were able to move into their own piece of the American Dream.

"This was my first experience with Habitat and I plan on staying involved with them," said Josie Bolanowski.  "It's such a great organization, and it's very inspiring to work alongside the future residents of the homes you're helping to build."

The first-year students say they plan to help more in the future, and encourage anyone at Forest to join them.

"This is about feeling a part of something that's bigger than you are.  We've already contacted Habitat about getting involved in its next project," said Hannah Harris.

On May 31, 2012 all six families had their new homes dedicated.  More than 1425 volunteers helped with the "Six by Six Challenge".

The Legacy Trails Subdivision, where the homes were completed, sits on 18 acres in Northwest Springfield and will eventually hold nearly 55 homes.

The recent "Six by Six Challenge" was part of Phase-2 of the three phase subdivsion.