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Students helping Habitat for Humanity

By Dale Johnson Posted: October 3, 2016 10:00 a.m.

These are just some of the U of R students who learned some carpentry skills – as well as leadership skills – by helping with Habitat for Humanity projects.
These are just some of the U of R students who learned some carpentry skills – as well as leadership skills – by helping with Habitat for Humanity projects. Photo: UR Guarantee Program

Students from the University of Regina are observing World Habitat Day on Monday, October 3, 2016.

Each fall, students help with the construction of new homes for deserving families in our community.

Since October 2014, more than 200 students at the U of R have taken part in Habitat Build Days in Regina. Participants came from various backgrounds, including UR Guarantee students, student ambassadors, JDC West and nursing students.

The students are helping to build a better Regina, while developing service and leadership skills. For example, some students were recently helping to put down the floors at a house in Regina.

“I loved my experience volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, by stepping away from everyday life to try something new with incredible people to help others,” says Tracie Leost a first-year social work student.

“Students gain some new carpentry skills, get a chance to collaborate and complete numerous tasks through the day and also build their resumes with this volunteer experience. It’s a great way for students to meet other students, collaborate and give back to the community,” explains Doug O'Brien, student engagement programs coordinator at the U of R.

“Our students responded instantly and a significant waitlist was also in place, which shows the tremendous initiative of University of Regina students,” he adds.

And for students like Leost, the experience goes far beyond learning some home-building skills and meeting fellow students.

“It makes you feel good knowing you were able to help another family. It's opportunities like this one that make me appreciate how fortunate I am, and to appreciate the people who are working incredibly hard to help others.”

Habitat for Humanity will be at the Volunteer Fair at the University of Regina on Wednesday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – and that’s where interested students and staff can find out more about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.