Type of Service
Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity
Site Leader Description #1
Natalie is a third year from New Jersey with a biology major and a psychology minor. She is involved with Greek Life, VASST, Active Minds, Relay for Life, and neuroscience research on grounds. She has never been to Savannah and this is her first time as a site leader, so she is super excited to explore with her group!
Site Leader Description #2
Ryan is a third year from Greene County, Virginia and she's double majoring in Foreign Affairs and Anthropology. In previous years, she has been involved with housing initiatives through Madison House like The Haven and the Albemarle Housing Initiative Program. She was a participant on the Savannah trip last March and is super excited to go back as a Site Leader!
We will leave Charlottesville early on March 7th to make the 8 hour drive to Savannah and return to Charlottesville on the evening of the 15th. While in Savannah we will be staying at First Presbyterian Church; they hosted us last year and host numerous other colleges ASB trips, too! We plan to spend two days in the Habitat ReStore helping with miscellaneous tasks and then two days helping at a Habitat Home site in the Savannah area. .
A love for service and a willingness to learn how to use power tools!
We will spend four out of our seven days in Savannah volunteering with the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity in their ReStore and at a Habitat home site in the area.
Potential activities include a walking tour of Savannah, a trip to Tybee Island, visiting the botanical gardens, a ghost tour, and kayaking. We are hoping to plan a dinner with the UVA Alumni Club of Savannah, as last year they hosted us for dinner and we would love to be able to do it again! We plan to visit Leopold's for ice cream and try some cool, new restaurants when we're out exploring the city!
While Savannah is a well-known tourist destination, Coastal Empire County has experienced a housing crisis similar to the one that Charlottesville has. The cost of living is high and many Savannah families struggle to find affordable housing or face unlawful discrimination when trying to find housing. The city of Savannah and that state of Georgia have limited resources to help families who need access to low-income housing and in 2016 there were about 10,000 people waitlisted for low-income housing. (https://www.wtoc.com/story/34415995/shortage-of-affordable-housing-leaves-savannah-families-waiting/)