SJC Students Build House During Spring Break

PATCHOGUE, NY – FEBRUARY 3, 2009 – St. Joseph’s College will send 15 volunteer students on a Collegiate Challenge trip to Georgetown, South Carolina during its spring break in early April to help build a shelter for a family in need of decent, affordable housing through its local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. On February 21 and 22 the group will hold a garage sale on the College’s Long Island Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in an effort to raise funds for the trip.

According to the organization’s Web site, Collegiate Challenge is Habitat for Humanity’s year-round alternative break program that provides opportunities for students from youth groups, high schools and colleges to spend a week of their school break building a house in partnership with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States.

“It’s a really great feeling to know that you’ve helped someone less fortunate than yourself live in a better environment,” said sophomore student Katie Williams, president of the St. Joseph’s College chapter of Habitat for Humanity. “Not only are we building homes, but we’re building memories that will last for a lifetime.”

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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