Students from Concordia’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter gather around barrels of leaves they raked in the Seward community. Photos courtesy of Leah Werling.
by Autumn Johnson
On Saturday morning, Concordia’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity raked leaves in Seward. Leaf raking may not be the first thing to come to mind when considering Habitat for Humanity, but the campus club’s goals include more than building houses.
“Since we do not often have opportunities to help build houses, our mission is to serve the campus community and the Seward community through service projects,” senior Leah Werling said.
Werling, president of the campus chapter, joined a small team of volunteers to rake two yards. The group included students and the Seward Habitat for Humanity chapter’s Vice President Don Rondorf. Students involved with Habitat for Humanity focus on smaller projects, such as raking leaves, to impact the community.
“I really enjoyed raking leaves because it was a great feeling knowing that I was helping people in our community. (At) the last house that we went to the lady came out with cookies and was so thankful for the little work that we did. I love making a difference even if it was just a small portion of my day,” sophomore Kennedy McMullin said.
Habitat for Humanity provides other opportunities for students to serve the community. The group takes an annual trip during spring break to build homes outside of Seward. The previous year’s trip location was Colorado, but this year’s location has not been decided. The club raises money with an annual breakfast in bed fundraiser, which will include dormitories other than David Hall this year.
For more information about how to join Habitat for Humanity, contact Leah Werling. Visit the Habitat for Humanity of Concordia University Nebraska Facebook page for details about upcoming events.