Type of Service
Habitat for Humanity
Site Leader Description #1
Lillian is a third year from Yorktown, Virginia majoring in biomedical engineering. She went on the ASB trip to John’s Island, South Carolina last year with Aidan! She enjoyed the trip so much she wanted to go again as a site leader. At UVA she is also involved with the Madison House elementary tutoring program and SWE. She loves all UVA sports and will watch every basketball and football game. Lillian also loves to be outside and have fun being active and will play any and all board games (be warned she will get competitive and maybe backstab Aidan in RISK!). She can’t wait to work with Habitat again and explore Clearwater with an amazing group this year!
Site Leader Description #2
Aidan is a second-year from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania majoring in Music and Chemistry with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Aidan went on the Habitat for Humanity trip to John’s Island, South Carolina last year. Working hard and playing hard as a team made the trip a ton of fun. Whether it was digging holes (or watching Lillian dig holes while you’re resting because she doesn’t take breaks) or playing volleyball, everyone enjoying each other’s company is what Aidan wants to bring onto this trip as well. Aidan loves sports, music, games- pretty much anything that’s not nothing. He will happily take aux the entire trip. He loves exploring and adventure, and is fairly competitive (very competitive. Lillian backstabbed me in risk) Aidan serves as the President of Club Wrestling and serves as the Program Director for the Patient Ambassadors in Madison House.
We will be staying in an amazing AirBnB house in Clearwater 20 minutes away from the Clearwater Beach as well as the Habitat for Humanity main office. We will be driving down to Clearwater the Saturday spring break starts and heading back the following Saturday. We will eat some of our meals out as well as take turns cooking dinner in our house. We will also make breakfast in the mornings and pack lunches before heading out to our worksite or to explore the beautiful Clearwater area every day.
Although there are no specific requirements for this trip, participants should be enthusiastic about serving marginalized communities, open to new perspectives, and excited to spend the week volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties! Also, Lillian and Aidan are fairly active people and love being out and about. Expect adventures and activities that the leaders have planned out! Don’t forget your swim stuff, the beach and pool at the air bnb are waiting for you!
Our trip to Clearwater, Florida will be focused on providing service in the form of housing. On our trip we will be working with the Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. The goal or the organization is to provide affordable housing for those who need it in the counties around Clearwater Florida. This habitat builds some of the largest numbers of new houses per year in the country. We will be volunteering in the Habitat restore for one day and working on a house build for three days.
We plan to send our free time enjoying the beach area of Clearwater and exploring the town itself. Activities we plan on doing include the Clearwater Aquarium, Clearwater Beach, Sand Key Park, a dolphin tour, and walking around the downtown area, going to the farmers market, going to Pier 60, and the Cleveland Street District. There is also the possibility of a boat trip with Aidan’s friend or depending on funds a hired boat trip.
As Florida and in particular the gulf coast has become an ever more popular tourist destination beach tourism has built up. The income brought from tourism is great for the area however it creates housing shortages and issues. Housing prices in the area have been pushed way up as brand new apartments and condos and houses are being added everywhere to create living spaces for tourists and beachgoers in the area. However, this pushes locals who have lived in the area for generations out of their homes. Many do not have the financial resources to afford these new properties and either lose their homes or are forced to move further away. This process is known as gentrification. Gentrification is a common issue seen all over the country particularly in areas that attract a lot of tourism