College spring breakers around the nation volunteer for Hattiesburg Habitat

College spring breakers around the nation volunteer for Hattiesburg Habitat
Nolan Christian of Purdue University and Titilayo Ogunduyilemi of Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland work on a house in Laurel for the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. Photo credit WDAM.
Nolan Christian of Purdue University and Titilayo Ogunduyilemi of Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland work on a house in Laurel for the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. Photo credit WDAM.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of college students from across the U.S. and Canada will be in the Hattiesburg area this month, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity as part of that organization's Collegiate Challenge program.

It is a chance for students to help build homes during their spring break.

It began March 6 and will continue through April 1.

This week, students from Maryland and Indiana are working at a house on North 9th Avenue in Laurel.

It is the first home in that city built by the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity and the 66th constructed by that organization since 1990.

"It's an exciting time in the build," said Glenn Newell, construction supervisor for the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. "They're helping do the finishing touches on the house. We're putting flooring down, we're trimming out windows, we're putting in interior doors, and basically, getting it ready for the homeowner to move in."

"I've never done anything like this before, it's a pretty cool experience, pretty unique," said Noah Grover, a student at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.

He is one of nearly two dozen students involved in the project.

"I've always wanted to do a mission," said Titilayo Ogunduyilemi, another student at Anne Arundel Community College. "I was thinking about doing a mission out of the country over the summer, even, and so, when the Habitat opportunity came up, I took it."

Another group of college volunteers is working on another project in New Augusta.

About 70 students from six different colleges will be volunteering in the Hattiesburg area during the 2017 Collegiate Challenge.