Habitat for Humanity


The purpose of Gustavus Habitat for Humanity is to work with both local and outside chapters to build affordable housing for families in need. The Gustavus chapter provides the opportunity for alternative breaks (fall and spring), Act Speak Build Week, and various service opportunities with local affiliates. 

Fall Break Work Trip Application

We'll be traveling to Aurora, MN on a fall break work trip from October 21-25, 2016! Click here to apply (application deadline: October 10).


Habitat for Humanity strives to meet the needs through building, fund raising, advocacy, educating and organization consistent with our values of community, compassion, service, faith and teamwork.

  • We work with local chapters, including St. Peter, Mankato and Belle Plaine, on their Habitat houses. We typically help build on Saturdays when needed and can take between 5-15 volunteers depending on the job.
  • Valet parking over the Nobel Conference is our most successful fundraiser each year
  • Act, Speak, Build week is in the spring where we build a shed on campus to donate to the St. Peter Habitat house (the house is built at the St. Peter High School). In the past, we have brought speakers and politicians to campus to talk about homelessness and poverty issues.
  • Every spring break, Gustavus sends over 75 students to Habitat for Humanity affiliate sites to participate in the Collegiate Challenge, an alternative break program. Students travel as far away as Miami to spend a week constructing houses and rebuilding communities.  The Collegiate Challenge is one of Gustavus Habitat for Humanity's biggest successes each year by getting volunteers to spend their time in a meaningful and rewarding way while raising awareness on housing issues across the nation. For more information, check out this video: http://www.habitat.org/videogallery/video_upload/2009/cc_final2.wmv 

Spring Break Work Trips

In the spring of 2016, we went to the following locations:

  • El Paso, TX
  • Maryville, TN
  • Birmingham, AL

Search for Opportunities and Track Service Hours

Click the image below to view Habitat for Humanity's Gustavus Engage page, where you can search for upcoming volunteer opportunities and track your service hours.

Gustavus Engage

Full Name Gustavus Email Address
Kendyl Landeck ’17 klandeck@gustavus.edu
Kayla Peterson ’17 kpeter19@gustavus.edu