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March 15, 2013

WKU students build hope through Habitat for Humanity homes

March 15, 2013 —     While many college students immediately think of beaches at the mention of spring break, that is not the case for a group from Western Kentucky University.

    WKU students have been in Morehead working on two Habitat for Humanity houses.     

    Missy Graehler is a student and coordinator for the group.

    “It probably sounds crazy to people that we would give up vacation to work in cold temperatures but it is worth it, to all of us,” said Graehler. “I love the fact that I am making a difference, even if it is a small one and helping to build a home for a family.”

    Adam Wilck is a junior at WKU and said there isn’t anything else he’d rather do on his spring break.

    “I’ve been a part of nine build projects and this is my second spring break trip. I always try to help when I am able,” said Wilck. “We pay to come on this trip and I can’t think of a better way to spend money than to do some good in the world.”

    The two houses will be home to two single-mother families, with three children each.

    Greg Dike, director of Morehead Area Habitat for Humanity, said the group is very motivated.

    “Everyone in this group works hard and brings some good skills, so I’m able to explain what needs to be done and they do it,” said Dike. “We are very appreciative of them taking the time to volunteer because Habitat for Humanity houses don’t just help out the family that lives there but benefit the whole community.”

    Though they have battled odd weather conditions, the students have gotten much accomplished this week.

    “It’s been cold but we layered up and are still having fun and getting a lot of work done,” said Graehler, with a smile on her face, reddened by the cold. “We just work with the weather instead of against it. We’ve gotten a lot of work done on the inside of the houses.”

    The students had completed interior framing, insulation, wrapped the houses, installed tar paper on the roofs and began building decks on Wednesday.

    Graehler and Wilck are joined by Jessica Graehler, Maggie Smith, Zach Coots, Ethan Farabee, Sawyer Smith and Father Mike Williams.

    WKU’s student Habitat for Humanity chapter also sent groups to South Carolina and Arkansas during their spring break.

    Dike added that there is always a great need in the service area for more volunteers and those interested can contact him directly at 776-0022.

    “My hope is that people see us working or are reading this article and it raises awareness of the need for volunteers, that it inspires a spark in them to help others in need,” said Graehler. “If we all do a little, we can accomplish so much.”

    Shayla Menville can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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