Last night, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Longwood Ambassadors for Habifest. It was a night dedicated to raising awareness about Habitat for Humanity and raise money for the cause. There were 20 performances and 13 acts at 4 different locations in Farmville. I was located at the Johns Memorial Sanctuary. I was able to listen to Octavia Moton, a Longwood student, and Jennifer Capaldo, a Longwood faculty member. Their performances were beautiful. They sang African-American inspired gospel songs and it was incredibly moving. The next performance that I was able to see was Longwood’s B.A.S.I.C. Gospel Choir. B.A.S.I.C. stands for Brothers and Sisters in Christ and their purpose is to spread the love of God through music. They were incredibly talented and I was lucky to have the opportunity to see them perform.
Dr. Milne, a Longwood alumni, was the emcee for the night and during his introduction I learned that 1,000 children in Farmville lived below the poverty line, that’s 1/4 of all the children in Farmville. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization and gets no interest and makes no profit off of the homes they build. They rely on donations and volunteers to build this homes for these families in need. Habifest inspired me to make a difference in Farmville and I hope that I get the opportunity to volunteer with them more and help those in need more. Habifest was a great even and Habitat for Humanity did a great job!