Fleming College International Students
60+ Students Help Build Affordable Housing
Fleming College International students take part in Habitat’s biggest Youth Build Day ever!
On October 9th, International students from Fleming College joined Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region volunteering their time helping to construct projects in both Curve Lake First Nation and Lindsay as well as lending a hand at the Peterborough ReStore. Students were split into small groups and committed to either a morning or afternoon work shift, resulting in over 60 youth volunteers working together to learn new skills while building affordable housing for families in need.
For the majority of the students, this was their first experience with Habitat for Humanity and their first time picking up a hammer! A few of the students came to the site with an interest in the skilled trades and look forward to pursing a specialized course at college upon completion of their International program.
Students spent the day helping to install siding on both Curve Lake and Lindsay homes. Students who volunteered at the Peterborough ReStore—a retail outlet that accepts and sells donations of new, gently used, overstocked and discounted items, helped to build shelving and prepare donated items for display and sale.
“We appreciate the enthusiasm of youth volunteers and really enjoy working with Fleming’s International students. This was a big undertaking to engage so many youth in one day and we got a lot of work accomplished. Most importantly, youth had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the low-income families that Habitat serves,” says Emily Ferguson, Manager of Philanthropy & Communications at Habitat for Humanity.
As part of Habitat’s safety training process, volunteers also learn about the organization’s model of affordable homeownership and how Habitat bridges a gap, providing families on low incomes with the opportunity to purchase their own home. Habitat does not give away free homes – families pay an interest-free mortgage geared to their income and volunteer 500 hours with Habitat. “It’s really important for volunteers to understand how Habitat gives families a hand up and future homeowner families work just as hard as everyone else involved,” says Ferguson.
Habitat Youth Program (HYP) is focused on empowering youth volunteers to build valuable skills while engaging with the community. Habitat has worked with International students from Fleming College on past projects. This past summer, students from Panama helped with construction on Habitat’s now complete Wolfe Street semi-detached project where they built sheds for homeowners. Habitat and Fleming College look forward to partnering together to engage more youth in the future!
A donation of transportation services from Ellwood Hamilton Bus Lines allowed for students to be bussed to Habitat’s build sites in Curve Lake and Lindsay. Additionally, funding for construction materials and volunteer supplies for Youth Build Days is made possible by Youth Build Sponsors at the local and national level.Through multifaceted HYP initiatives, youth volunteers of all ages and from diverse backgrounds work alongside one another to develop an appreciation for teamwork and shared goals, channeling this energy into providing a tangible service to families in the community. To learn more about HYP’s activities and how you can get involved, click here.
You can help support the creation of more affordable housing in our community by making a donation to Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. Click here to donate today