NORWICH – Courtney Wiltsie, in her last semester at Morrisville State College’s Norwich campus, is interning for Chenango County Habitat for Humanity (CCHH). To fulfill her ninety-hour commitment, Wiltsie is doing everything Habitat asks, and then some, as well as gaining valuable experience and college credits.
CCHH is about to hold their first Souper Bowl, a fun soup tasting fundraiser happening at the end of March, in the Norwich VFW. There are so many things to do that the regular Habitat volunteers are swamped for time. Terri Bickford, an adjunct English Professor at the Norwich campus, is chairing the Souper Bowl fundraiser and Courtney is helping in many ways.
Phone calls need to be placed to area restaurants to find donors of soup. A Souper Bowl poster has to be designed and created by March 16 to go in the sign board, at the corner of West Main and Broad Streets, in the center of Norwich City. A tri-fold display needs to be designed and assembled so it can be displayed during the CCHH Souper Bowl on March 31 to help people understand all the work that goes into Habitat home repairs/builds and their achievements. On top of Courtney’s coursework at Morrisville, these are some of the challenges she faces to assist CCHH.
“I’ll do what-ever they need me to do!” Courtney explained with enthusiasm. She is exactly the sort of selfless volunteer CCHH needs, but as a Norwich Morrisville “intern” Wiltsie is also reaping benefits.