For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- Instead of vacationing with their friends and family, students from Alaska, Indiana, New York, Virginia, Georgia and Boca Raton spent their spring break helping others in Martin County.
The Habitat for Humanity of Martin County hosted the Collegiate Challenge, where volunteers from all over the country came to help with the construction of the new Carter Park community in Indiantown.
"What brings me the greatest joy is bringing joy to others," said Nick Dobrinska, a student from the University of Wisconsin. "This is the kind of work I enjoy and coming to Florida was an added bonus. I would do it again in a heartbeat."
The Martin County Habitat has participated in the challenge since 2006. The students that travel to the area to participate are set up with housing, and local churches and restaurants help by providing meals to the students.
"We are grateful they chose to donate their break to help build homes for deserving families here in our community," said Margot Graff, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. "We also appreciate the generosity of local businesses, churches and volunteers who support the mission by assisting our challenge groups."
For more information about the Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, call (772) 223-9940 or go online www.habitatmartin.org.