Hilton Head, SC
Type of Service
Habitat for Humanity
The Outside Foundation
Site Leader Description #1
Aly Carbaugh is a 2nd year from Clifton, Virginia whose major changes between art history, youth and social innovation, and psychology every day! Inspired by participating with ASB in 2020 building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Savannah, GA, she decided to lead a trip to Hilton Head where she has been visiting with her family for many years. At UVA, you can find her shredding with VASST or Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, sailing with the UVA Sailing Club, mentoring with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia at the Fralin Museum of Art, and confusing people with her identical twin sister. Aly is an avid lover of Formula 1 racing and the Tour de France, the Beatles, all things UVA, and mint chocolate chip ice cream and is always down to spill the tea.
Site Leader Description #2
Sarah Whiteside is a 2nd year from Alexandria, Virginia studying Biology and is considering double majoring in Public Health. She has never been to Hilton Head, but is very excited to visit the island for the first time with ASB. Sarah first participated with ASB on the Savannah Georgia trip in 2020 where she met Aly! On the grounds, you can find Sarah volunteering with Madison House, cheering on the Cavaliers in Scott Stadium, and studying at Starbucks (because tbh, who doesn’t love coffee). Sarah’s a sucker for anything Disney and her favorite stress reliever is midnight drives with the gorls! She is super excited to lead the Hilton Head trip next year and volunteer on the island!
Our trip will start bright and early on Saturday, March 6th for the 8 hour drive to Hilton Head, South Carolina! We will be using site leaders’ cars for transportation to and from Charlottesville, as well as any excursions. Saturday, March 13th, is our return date. We’ll be staying in an Airbnb condo with a kitchen, showers, and access to the beach (!!). We’ll be able to make breakfast, pack lunches, and have group dinners both at home and around town.
Although we will be building houses with Habitat for Humanity, don’t worry — no previous construction skills are required! Be prepared to get a little dirty and learn on the fly. Our shifts will start early and can be strenuous, but hard work pays off when it benefits a fantastic and deserving community like Hilton Head. And if that isn't enough to convince you, Hilton Head has a great food scene!
Most of our service time will be spent working with the Hilton Head Regional chapter of Habitat for Humanity building new homes for families in need. The Hilton Head Regional chapter alone has constructed over 100 homes since its establishment in 1990! We will also have the opportunity to work with The Outside Foundation, a local organization focused on educating children and protecting Hilton Head’s diverse ecosystems. Our service for the Outside Foundation includes cleanup on smaller outer islands.
Our volunteering shifts will end around 2 PM, so we’ll have plenty of time to explore the island and surrounding areas! This includes (but not limited to) picnics on the beach, kayaking, hiking, exploring Daufuskie Island, and a day trip to Savannah, Georgia. Bring a good book or a show to watch in between activities or any suggestions you might have!
Hilton Head Island’s beautiful beaches have made it one of America’s most popular vacation destinations. However, the region’s booming tourism industry has resulted in social and economic disparities between wealthy visitors and native islanders, beginning in the early 18th century with the first slaves coming from West Africa. The expansion of large resorts and gated communities, as well as the annual dangers of hurricane season, threaten not only the community’s ongoing housing crisis but the incredible environmental diversity that Hilton Head harbors.