Students Spend Spring Break Helping Others
A group of Illinois Wesleyan University students spent their spring break among other
volunteers working on Habitat for Humanity homes in South Carolina. (Photos by Holly
March 29, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — During Illinois Wesleyan's spring break in March, one group of
University students chose hard work over relaxation. Twenty members of IWU's campus
chapter of Habitat for Humanity (a subsidiary of Habitat for Humanity of McLean County)
spent a week in Sumter, S.C., where they volunteered their time and energy to build
an affordable home for a low-income family.
After a nearly 14-hour drive to Sumter, the Illinois Wesleyan volunteers worked side
by side with students from the University of Massachusetts. They spent March 14-18,
eight hours each day, on the construction of two houses, erecting the walls for one
house and completing roofing and exterior work on the other.
“We put all of the walls up from scratch,” said Amy Cadwallader, vice president of
IWU's Habitat for Humanity. “We felt such a sense of accomplishment when we were actually
able to see the house with all of the walls in place.”
According to Cadwallader, even a little inclement weather didn't spoil the group's
enthusiasm to help others. When rain interfered with construction, Illinois Wesleyan
students spent time tutoring at the local Boy's and Girl's Club.
Participants paid $150 each to go on the trip, most of which went toward building
supplies. St. James Methodist Church in Sumter provided free lodging for the students
as well as a few meals. Other churches and several restaurants also made food donations,
and Illinois Wesleyan's Student Senate reimbursed students for gasoline.
In past years, IWU's Habitat for Humanity members have spent spring vacation working
in Miami, New Orleans and Colorado. The chapter also partners with Illinois State
University to do construction work year-round in Bloomington/Normal. Students work
in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity McLean County, a non-profit housing ministry
that partners with families in need and local volunteers to build decent, affordable
homes, for which the homeowners pay an interest-free mortgage. This year's Illinois
Wesleyan/Illinois State University Collegiate Chapters Habitat house marks the 10th
house in 10 years of the universities' partnership.
Contact: Chelsey Iaquinta (309) 556-3181