This spring break, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to South bend, Indiana and volunteer with
Habitat for Humanity. Before embarking on this trip, I had almost no ideas of what type of work the group I was traveling with would be doing. When we arrived on site, my mostly-female group found out we would be building fences and a garage. Despite the fact that none us had any sort of construction background, we very quickly fell into a rhythm and became comfortable with the tools. By the end of the week we had built over 200 pieces of fence and put up all four walls of a garage.
This trip was extremely empowering to me as a woman. Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, I experienced what "girl power" really is. With overwhelming support and comraderie, my group was able to complete more work than most groups completed in a week, in just two days. I’ll admit, swinging a hammer and nailing ten-foot walls together is not exactly something that I thought I would really enjoy, but it was one of the most cathartic experiences. To know that I could make a physical impact and use my own strength to build something was enlightening. Every girl I went on the trip with felt the same way – and I am so glad that I could spend my spring break with this group of beautiful people. – AB
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Allison Blackburn is a Food Editor for Popularly Positive. She is a junior at Suffolk University and a sociology and theatre double major. In her spare time she likes to bake, read, and practice yoga.