GALLERY: Habitat for Humanity Service Trip

By Jack Coombs


Instead of the stereotypical Cancun or Miami, my spring break consisted of wearing hard hats, pounding in nails, installing washing machines and helping families in need. This year, I was fortunate enough to travel to North Carolina with 30 members of my fraternity to assist the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Chatham county. North Carolina is a gorgeous part of the country, so below are some pictures from our work site and travels around the state.


myrtle beach

We stayed one night in Myrtle Beach, SC before we started work on Monday. This is the view from our hotel.



All 30 guys stayed in this one cabin during our stay in NC. As you can imagine, it smelled awful by the end of the week.


life is good

These benches were scattered around the camp. Is this correct? You decide.



One of the houses we worked on. It’s for a family whose house burned down a few years ago, and have been forced to live in a moldy trailer ever since.



Volunteers marking the location of studs so siding installers know where to shoot the nail gun.



The stars were fantastic on clear nights. I found an old rusted truck and decided to take a picture.


tree and stars

More of the stars.



Notice on the right side of this picture the giant log that seems like it’s about to fall (don’t worry, it didn’t).


I encourage everyone reading this to attend a service trip. Not only is it a great way to get out of Champaign and see the country, but the volunteer work you do truly makes a difference in the lives of families in need. For more information on how you can help, visit



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All images courtesy of Jack Coombs

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