Buffalo, NY – Despite their ongoing fall season, the D'Youville women's crew team recently took some time to help give back and build their up their local community.
The women spent time working with Habitat for Humanity in recent weeks, volunteering their time to finish homes in Niagara Falls, NY. The women painted a nearly finished house along with building and installing the walls and closets in the new house.
"I am thankful to have the opportunity to give back by working on a Habitat for Humanity house with my team," said head crew coach Lauren Ciurzynski. "The girls were able to learn new skills and in some cases even improve upon existing, all while leaving a lasting impact on the community."
Ciurzynski and her team worked with her company based out of Niagara Falls, Chris Fit, which is where Lauren currently works as a personal trainer. Chris Fit is a company that helps clients with long-term fitness goals.
Habitat for Humanity began in Americus, Georgia with the idea "partnership housing," or building shelter for those in need with workers working alongside volunteers. From the "partnership housing program" came several families and the concept traveled overseas and then back to the United States where Millard and Linda Fuller created Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.
From their concept of partnership housing to the creation of Habitat for Humanity, the Fuller's efforts have reach nearly 1,400 communities in roughly 70 countries and impacted 9.8 million people. Fortunately the D'Youville women's crew team was able to help give back
Reflecting back on their experience working with Habitat for Humanity, Ciurzynski knows that her and her team made a difference for the community.
"I believe I can speak for the whole team in saying it feels good to know someone will have a save home and shelter in part from our service."
The women recently completed their fall schedule of four races. They will resume their season in the spring.