Suffolk University Students Trade in Party Hats for Hard Hats

3/14/2003

A group of 19 Suffolk University students will spend their “spring break” next week working, instead of partying in a warm climate. Teaming up with the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity in Hartford, Connecticut, this caring contingent of Suffolk students, along with Suffolk administrators, will help to build homes for those in need in the local Hartford area.

This community service project, more commonly known as “alternative spring break,” is being sponsored by Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service (S.O.U.L.S.) with support from the Office of Student Activities and Service Learning, and the Student Government Association.

"The reason students volunteer during their spring break, giving up the chance to sleep in, sit in the sun or just relax, is because they want to give back,” said Amy K. French, Assistant Director of Service Learning at the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service Center. “They also want to learn more about themselves, and to feel that they are part of the solution."

The Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat
International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers from all faiths for these projects.

The Suffolk students, who will arrive in Hartford on Sunday, March 16, will
spend their first day learning about the Hartford area. On Tuesday, March 18, through Friday, March 21, the students will be busy working on the job site, located at 348-356 Brookfield Street (Rice Heights) in Hartford, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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