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“It was mostly organized chaos and an eye-opening experience to be able to see what people can do when they work together and no one complains..."

Be sure to check out all the pictures from the build!

Armstrong Volunteers Get Extreme


When the January premiere of Extreme Makeover Home Edition Savannah hits the airwaves on January 16, millions of viewers across the nation will tune in to watch the latest home remodeling and charity event miracle unfold on the ABC hit series. On and around the Armstrong campus, 15 students will take pride in knowing that they helped bring the Simpson family in Savannah, recipients of the new home, a little bit closer to fulfilling their dream.

As part of Armstrong’s continued commitment to community outreach, Chris Nowicki, assistant director for Student Union and activities, was able to secure 15 volunteer spots for students to support Savannah’s builder J.T. Turner, which led the remodeling effort for the Simpsons and ABC. The Armstrong group, which included the students, Nowicki and Emily Willis, assistant director of residential life for the first-year experience, spent the wee hours of Monday, November 15—from midnight to 6 a.m.—working onsite.

“Basically we were there providing support for all the crews they had onsite and we provided refreshments, helped with cleanup and carried lumber to the work area,” said Nowicki. “The students were excited to be part of something big that was happening in Savannah and being able to help a family in need.”

More than 100 students responded to an email sent by Nowicki announcing the 15 openings for student volunteers. All applicants were required to write a 100-word essay expressing why they wanted to be involved.

Anna Threadgill, a senior majoring early childhood education, was one of the 15 selected based on the essay.

“I always watched the show and saw this as a great opportunity to help someone in your community,” she said. “I wanted to do this to better myself and put my experience to work.”

Despite the cold with lows into the 20s that night, the Armstrong crew stayed busy and warm.

“It was mostly organized chaos and an eye-opening experience to be able to see what people can do when they work together and no one complains,” she said. “I was amazed at how the whole project came together in seven days.”

Be sure to check out all the pictures from the build!