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Johns Hopkins students put work in for Huntington families in need

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Students from Johns Hopkins University took a break from the mental to participate in the physical, by helping build homes in Huntington with families in need of affordable housing. The nine students are participating in Habitat for Humanity's national alternative break program, Collegiate Challenge, fro the week of March 18-22.

"This marks the first year Johns Hopkins University has partnered with our affiliate and we are excited to welcome them to our community," said Nikki Hagerman, family services coordinator for the Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity.

For the past 24 years, more than 208,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering across the country through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program, donating more than $20 million to Habitat affiliates.

The students were welcomed to Huntington on Monday with a proclamation by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

"We're grateful to Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity for hosting the students as part of Collegiate Challenge," said Jenn Skudlarek, manager of U.S. volunteer programs at Habitat for Humanity International. "Their work together makes a meaningful difference and will have a lasting impact in communities across the country."

For more information about Habitat for Humanity or how to become involved as a volunteer, call 304-523-4822 or visit www.hahabitat.org.