Habitat for Humanity


Gustavus Habitat for Humanity works with local affiliates and chapters from around the country 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 local service opportunities throughout the year.


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

Spring Break Home-BuildingTrip

Each year we travel to three sites around the country over spring break to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. Applications for students will be available again in mid-November 2017.

2017-18 Spring Break sites are being determined now and will be announced in November. The 2016-17 Spring Break sites were in Tacoma, WA, Georgetown, DE, and Winston-Salem, NC,

Applications for Trip Advisor for faculty and staff: Trip Advisor Application

Trip Advisor guidelines: Habitat for Humanity Trip Advisor Guidelines

Annual Activities

  • 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.
  • We raise funds throughout the year to support the program and individual costs for participating in alternative spring breaks. Offering valet parking for the Nobel Conference every fall is one example.
  • 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 

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

Name Role Gustavus Email Address
Katie Peroutka Co-presidentkperoutk@gustavus.edu
Andrew Beede Co-presidentabeede@gustavus.edu
Emily Craig Secretary/Treasurerecraig@gustavus.edu
Luke Snyder Fall Break/Spring Break Work Trip Coordinatorlsnyder@gustavus.edu
Kelly Poffenberger Fall Break/Spring Break Work Trip Coordinatorkpoffenb@gustavus.edu
Noah Carlson Volunteer Coordinatorncarlso7@gustavus.edu
Kirsten Jensen Public Relationskjensen5@gustavus.edu
Kameryn Schaefer Public Relationskschaef5@gustavus.edu
Erik Rischmiller Outreach & Educationerischmi@gustavus.edu
Alyssa Welle Outreach & Educationawelle@gustavus.edu
Sophie Leiniger Outreach & Educationsleining@gustavus.edu
Michael Orr Fundraisingmorr2@gustavus.edu
Camryn Heckel Fundraisingcheckel@gustavus.edu
Anna Burns Act.Speak.Build. Week Coordinatoraburns2@gustavus.edu
Ethan Forney Act.Speak.Build. Week Coordinatoreforney@gustavus.edu