Cadets build homes during spring break
By Maureen Welch, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs /Published March 27, 2017
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. —
Scores of cadets are building and repairing homes today across the U.S.
The 110 cadet-volunteers taking part in the Alternate Spring Break Program here will return April 2 from working in Lafayette and Mandeville, Louisianna; Eglin, Illinois; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Fairfield, Alabama; Hattiesburg and Tupelo, Mississippi; and Beaumont, Texas.
“This is the largest number [of cadets] who have participated in the program,” said Capt. Jennifer Greer of the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development.
Cadet-volunteers teamed with Habitat for Humanity volunteers to build and repair homes.
“I’ve wanted to participate in Habitat for Humanity since middle school,” said Cadet 3rd Class Molly Olmos. “When I heard the Academy offers it, I knew I had to sign up.”
So far this academic year, the cadets have completed more than 31,000 hours of community service.
“As an international student, I want to make an impact on American society,” said Cadet 2nd Class Dan Neghina of Moldova. “Habitat for Humanity is a good opportunity to do that.”
The Alternate Spring Break Program began at the Academy in 1999. It’s funded by the CCLD and Academy donors.