Fifteen Philadelphia University students from various academic majors headed to colder climes last week to volunteer over spring break with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland in Maine.
During the week, the students installed hardwood floors, interior doors and kitchen cabinets, and helped paint two homes being built for needy families in the nearby town of Freeport.
“We are thrilled to have Philadelphia University volunteer with us for the third year in a row as part of our Collegiate Challenge program,” said Godfrey Wood, executive director of the Portland Habitat group. “These students are helping us to make a huge difference in the lives of families in Cumberland County.”
“At PhilaU, we try our best to educate the ‘civic professional,’” said Mary Ann Ernesto, associate director of student engagement for community service, who accompanied the students on the trip. “Throughout the week our students learn how the skills they acquire in the classroom can contribute to the greater good for humanity.”
The project was a return trip for some of this year’s students.
“Coming back to Maine for a second alternative spring break trip has been an invaluable experience,” said Calleigh McDonald, a fifth-year architecture student. “Seeing the past trip’s projects completed and meeting the residents from the sites we have worked on has been rewarding. It’s great to see the range of class years and majors all coming together for one mission.”
Also during spring break, 22 PhilaU Honors students volunteered at Caldwell Temple Soup Kitchen in New York.