Dates: Spring Break 2015
February 28-March 7
Cost: $350 – Plus spending money for travel/souvenirs.
Birmingham, the largest city in the state of Alabama, lies at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Home to 40,680 business, the city boasts a vibrant downtown and more green space per capita than any other city in the United States. Birmingham is also known as the cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement and hosts 99 historic neighborhoods from the era.
Once the industrial center of the South, Birmingham is now transforming into a medical research, banking, and service-based economy. During the reinvention of the Birmingham economy, the city has met it’s struggles with a 24.7 percent of the population living in poverty and a 6.7 percent unemployment rate.
Habitat Birmingham, our partner organization, was launched in 1987 to assist in alleviating the struggles of residents. The Birmingham affiliate is ranked fourth out of over 1,500 Habitat affiliates in the US by Habitat for Humanity International based on actual service to the community.
It is possible that during our stay in Birmingham we may have time to visit various local attractions such as the Civil Rights Institute, Vulcan Park, and Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that builds and repairs homes to support affordable housing and disaster recovery needs in a various regions across the United States and the world. Habitat for Humanity has over 1,500 domestic affiliates and more than 70 international affiliates who all together have assisted in building or repairing over 600,000 houses and serving more than 3 million people worldwide.
Habitat finances houses with zero percent mortgages and chooses to work with applicants who meet three qualifications: need for quality, affordable housing, willingness to partner with Habitat to participate in homeownership education workshops, and the ability to repay a no interest mortgage.
During the week, we will assist in new home construction and/or home rehabilitation Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4 PM with a 30 minute break for lunch at midday. After work hours we will clean up, eat dinner as a group, and on rotating days we will have the option to rest in the evening or have a scheduled recreational activity.
We will be staying in the Habitat Birmingham volunteer center. There are separate sleeping areas for men and women that have bunk beds with twin mattresses and separate men’s and women’s bathrooms and showers. All meals will be eaten together as a group: light breakfast, bagged lunch on worksite (sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, snack) and sit down dinner at volunteer center or local restaurant. All food costs are included in the price.
Other groups may be staying in the Volunteer Center while we are in Birmingham. This is another great opportunity to meet new friends.
Transportation is provided by Notre Dame College. All participants must travel together in Notre Dame College certified vans. All transportation costs are included in the price.