Type of Service
Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity
Site Leader Description #1
Julia L. is a second-year from Charlottesville, VA studying Biology and Spanish. Julia L. is a member of the mellophone section in the Cavalier Marching Band and the CMB’s diversity committee. Outside of UVA, Julia is a summer staffer for the Appalachian Service Project, working to make homes warmer, safer and dryer in central Appalachia. She loves to cook, kayak and get sweaty in the gym. She was a participant (with Julia M.!!!!) on the Savannah 2020 trip and cannot wait to go back to Savannah on the 2021 trip.
Site Leader Description #2
Julia M. is a second-year from Christiansburg, VA majoring in Kinesiology. She was a participant on the 2020 trip to Savannah and is extremely excited to return as a site leader with her name twin! At UVA, she loves to attend football and basketball games, have movie nights with friends, hit the gym to get swole, and go on hiking adventures. In addition to ASB, she plays on the women’s club basketball team, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, and is a member of the Kinesiology club. She can’t wait to get back to Savannah with a new group of friends!
We will leave Charlottesville early on Saturday, March 6th to make the 8 hour drive to Savannah and return to Charlottesville on Sunday, the 14th. While in Savannah, we will be staying at First Presbyterian Church (they’ve hosted us the last few years as well as ASB groups from other colleges)! The Church is just a short distance from the Habitat ReStore, Savannah’s historic downtown, River Street, and the YMCA where we will go to shower each day. We plan to spend two days in the Habitat ReStore helping with miscellaneous tasks and then two days helping with construction at a Habitat Home site in the Savannah area. The rest of our time will be spent getting to know each other and exploring the fun activities in Savannah!
Although there are no specific requirements for this trip participants should bring with them a love (or love to learn) for construction, problem solving, good food and action work to dismantle systems of oppression.
Two days of service will be spent doing miscellaneous service activities in the Habitat ReStore which could be anything from doing maintenance on parts of their store to helping shoppers move purchased items into their cars. The other two days of service will be at a Habitat Construction site where we will be working on their current housing project.
Savannah is packed with exciting activities, beautiful spaces, and incredible food! We want our participants to decide which activities they would like to do throughout the week. Some of our favorite options are a historic walking tour, a ghost tour, a trip to Tybee Island, kayaking, walking on River Street, and visiting the botanical gardens. We may also have the opportunity to volunteer at a local food pantry with America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia if our participants would like an extra day of volunteering and a way to connect more with the people in Savannah. Last but not least, we plan to go out for dinner at some amazing local restaurants and enjoy ice cream from the famous Leopold’s!
Habitat for Humanity is a company whose mission it is to give people homes which they can afford. In Savannah, like Charlottesville and just about every large(ish) city in America, there is an extreme need for affordable housing and Habitat aims to solve that. In 2016 there were about 10,000 people waitlisted for low-income housing, Habitat takes the strain off of state provided programs for affordable housing by taking direct action and building homes and giving homeowners the skills needed to take care of their home.