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CSE Volunteers Improve Habitat for Humanity House

Morristown, N.J. (October 22, 2014) – This fall, twelve CSE students rolled up their sleeves, got their hands dirty and helped build onto a Habitat for Humanity house for a family living on Strickland Place in Madison, N.J. During those seven and a half hours, the students put up dry wall, installed flooring, painted various parts of the house, gardened, and cleaned.

"The most rewarding part of it all was seeing the looks on the family's faces when they saw how great everything looked," said Raquel Rebelo, a freshman Psychology major.

According to the volunteers, this community service experience was different from most service projects because they learned house-building skills.

"This experience really showed me how much work it takes to build a house and all the details that need to be put in," said Sabrina Sanders, a freshman Sociology major.

The students were taught by site supervisors, who have several years of experience. The group even encountered some unwanted volunteers, when a swarm of bees came to assist with the construction but had to be waved away.

"Their work and spirit truly epitomizes the values that we hold dear at CSE, such as service leadership, and rings true to our mission as a Catholic school," said Alaina Turse, director of Volunteer Services.

The students have been invited to attend the unveiling ceremony of the house, when completed sometime next year. Many of them plan to continue volunteering with Habitat because it showed them essential skills and to always be thankful for all they have.

"I think hard work pays off," said Selena Collazo, a freshman Education and Sociology major. "Knowing that I dedicated time and effort to help others is special to who I am as a woman."

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