Woodbury Students Learn the Art of Giving Back

Globe University-Woodbury class donates their time and elbow grease at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

Eight students in a Global Citizenship class at Globe University’s Woodbury, Minn., campus gave back to their community by volunteering at ReStore on a Saturday morning. Prior to their service, they researched issues related to poverty and housing and set goals for their participation. During their time at ReStore, students organized storage areas, repackaged materials for sale and stocked shelves. Later, they spent a day educating students and faculty at their campus-wide service-learning fair about the need for affordable housing. Students showed a video about Habitat for Humanity and informed others of how to become involved by volunteering to work on building or repairing a home, donating building materials or working at ReStore.

According to the United Nations, an estimated 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing worldwide, and an additional 100 million are homeless. Nearly one-third of the global population lives in urban slums. In the United States, some 95 million people have housing problems, including excessively high mortgage payments, overcrowding, poor shelter quality or homelessness.

“Working at the ReStore was an eye-opening experience. Before we started this project, I knew nothing more beyond Habitat built homes for people. Working with [the] people I did was a great experience. I had no idea working for a cause could be so fun and entertaining. I learned I can be a leader that helps get project done,” said S. Genskay, Globe University-Woodbury student.

The mission statement of the Fund for Humanity, the precursor to Habitat for Humanity, “What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers. And what the rich need is a wise, honorable and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance. The Fund for Humanity will meet both of these needs.”

Under the leadership of Habitat for Humanity, volunteers such as the students at Globe University and countless others around the world can help families provide stability for their children, increase their sense of dignity and self-worth, and improve health, safety and security.