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CSU students help build Habitat for Humanity house in North Carolina

Summer vacation turned out to be a working vacation for these Cleveland State University students, who recently traveled to Chatham County in North Carolina to help build a Habitat for Humanity house for a family in need.

The trip was organized by Viking Expeditions, the service-learning initiative led by CSU students. Team leaders Katherine Anderer-DiMichele and Jon Seidel were joined by Jessica Lowy, Gregory McKay, Matthew Melster, Josh Naypauer, Amanda Skryzmoski and Fouad Yared.

Over the course of a busy week at the construction site, where they worked from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily, the CSU students put up scaffolding, built walls and installed roofing trusses.

“Though the days were very long and very hot, we were able to accomplish so much,” Anderer-DiMichele told ENGAGED.

Not even bad weather could slow down these Vikings. When it rained one afternoon, they painted the interior of a different Habitat for Humanity house.

“The students from Cleveland State University came in with lots of energy,” said Mechelle Thompson, volunteer manager for Chatham Habitat for Humanity. “I believe this inspired our whole construction department to revisit our purpose and get excited again about what we’re doing to serve our families.”