Collegiate Challenge

For more than 15 years, Habitat Forsyth has hosted teams of college students from throughout the country on service trips through Habitat International’s Collegiate Challenge Program. The program provides students with an alternative spring or fall break experience: a trip to a Habitat affiliate, usually in another state, to work on Habitat houses. In addition to providing volunteer labor, the participants make a financial contribution to the affiliate’s building fund.

Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge
In order to double Habitat Forsyth’s capacity for hosting Collegiate Challenge students, we have recently completed the Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge, named in memory of a long-time volunteer and board president. This brand new facility can house up to 40 students at a time, doubling the annual volunteer hours of these groups to 28,000 hours for Habitat projects. The availability of more volunteer teams will greatly increase the number of families served through new construction, repair and weatherization programs.

  • Other service opportunities can be provided
  • Breakfast is provided each day, lunch on work days, and dinner Monday- Thursday.
  • If you want to hike around Pilot Mountain State Park it is only a 45 minute drive.
  • We are located 1 mile from downtown Winston-Salem
  • 5% of housing in our city does not meet the Minimum Housing Code.
  • 2.5% live in over-crowded conditions.
  • We have built 450+ homes and served 1,423+ families in 32 years.

Groups we’re looking for are: colleges, universities, high schools, churches, service clubs, and any other service-minded groups.

Participants in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge teams often describe in their evaluations the life-changing experiences they have had in Winston-Salem, the things they learned, and the way in which our community embraced them.

Visit for more information on the Collegiate Challenge Program or contact Debbie Cesta, 336.306.8419, or

The video above shares the unforgettable experiences of a group of young men who traveled from Brooklyn, NY with SIMBA Academy to serve with us in the spring of 2012.