Pensacola, FLMar 4th, 2017 to Mar 12th, 2017
Trip Logistics and Participant Requirements:
On the morning of Saturday, March 5, we will drive down to Greensboro, NC and spend the night at Amy’s family friend’s house. We will drive the rest of the way day to Pensacola bright and early Sunday morning. We will leave Pensacola the following Saturday and drive straight home to Charlottesville. Amy and Mariel both have cars that will be used to drive to, and around Pensacola.
In Pensacola, we will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and staying at a church provided by Habitat. We will be participating in the Collegiate Challenge alongside other college service groups, creating a fun opportunity to meet new people.
Participants should be willing to work hard and play hard! We will have a lot of work to do with Habitat, but we also have lots of fun and relaxing times planned during our free time.
Habitat for Humanity is known for building homes for lower income families who pay in sweat-equity to contribute to the volunteers’ efforts. That’s where you come in! Our group will join forces with several other colleges and contribute to the building of several homes in a given work zone within the Pensacola Beach area. We will work from about 9 AM to 3 PM Tuesday to Friday. From foundational structure, building walls and roofs, painting, paneling, our week with Habitat will be an exhilarating and rewarding. We will be able to see the work we’ve put into each house and, hopefully, meet the families who will create a home in these spaces.
Pensacola is a humid subtropical region, with short winters and beautiful summers. This makes the area vulnerable to hurricanes, which have decreased tourism of the area in the past due to damage. In Pensacola there are about 12.7% of families are living below the poverty line. Our involvement with Habitat Humanity we will be aiding many of these families through our service and interactions. Pensacola Habitat Humanity has recently experienced financial troubles and we hope to take some of this burden off of them through our ASB trip. As of 2010, there are 14,665 families residing in the city of Pensacola, FL. The median income in the city is $34,779. The age range of the city widely varies; 26.2% of the population is under the age of 18; and 9.2% are over the age of 65.
Since Pensacola is so close to the water, there are many naval- and aviation-based families housed in the area. Pensacola is home to several military installations since the Civil War, one being Fort Pickens, which served as a temporary prison for Geronimo. Today, The Blue Angels landed their training grounds right here at the National Museum of Naval Aviation since 1962; since then Pensacola earned the nickname, Cradle of Naval Aviation.
Interesting enough, the once military home-base during the Civil War, became a hot vacation spot: home to the best white beaches and island barriers on the globe that are within walking distance of the downtown area. There is much to be seen and tons to do in Pensacola!
On our way down to Pensacola, we still stop in Greensboro and take time to explore the outdoors and some classic Southern food. Once in Pensacola, we will use our time off for many exciting adventures. Pensacola is known for its beautiful beaches and parks, so expect to spend lots of time outside soaking up the sun. We plan to explore downtown Pensacola, perhaps renting bikes, taking a historical tour, or even going on an architecture tour with Mariel as our guide (get excited). We will check out the National Aviation Museum and see the Blue Angels flight practice. We might even have a chance to see dolphins or try our skills at go-carting!
About the Site Leaders:
Amy (aes4eb) is a third-year in the College studying Psychology and dabbling in Youth and Social Innovation and Religious Studies. She was a participant on the Virgin Islands trip her first-year, led the New Orleans St. Bernard Project trip her second-year, and cannot wait to work with Mariel and go to Pensacola this year. She loves meeting new people and getting to know their stories, sailing, running, and having a great time. She looks forward to meeting all of you and having a blast while learning about a new place and making a difference!
Mariel (myb2cp) is a third-year Architecture student who has a passion for building and getting her hands dirty. She was a participant under Amy on a trip to New Orleans last year and loved it so much she decided to partner with Amy to create the best trip to Pensacola. She loves reading, daydreaming, spending way too much time in studio, and traveling. She can’t wait to meet everyone and paint some stuff, cut some stuff, and eat all the seafood!
Mariel: Last year I signed up for ASB on a whim and loved every minute of it. As an architecture major, I love building and working on-site and my trip to New Orleans not only allowed me the chance to meet and serve people outside of my comfort zone, but I was able to experience the beauty and wonder of New Orleans. I cannot recommend enough that you sign up for ASB. There are all sorts of trips for your interests and the experience of going, volunteering, and exploring is not a chance you’ll get elsewhere.
Amy: ASB is the absolute best! I did a few service trips in high school and knew that ASB was a club I wanted to become a part of even before I arrive at college. After my ASB trip to the Virgin Islands my first year, I was instantly hooked. The amazing thing about ASB is the pool of people it attracts–a group of students who all are willing to give their time and effort to others during a week that could otherwise be all about them. My friends from the trip were caring, outgoing, hilarious, selfless, thoughtful, and bundles of energy. I quickly decided I wanted to lead a trip for my second year and decided to return to New Orleans, where I had already completed two services trips. Being able to plan all of the details and logistics and pay it forward felt extremely rewarding and I had so much fun on the trip. I look forward to another great trip to Pensacola this spring!