W&J Students Dedicate Spring Break to Community Service

WASHINGTON, Pa. (March 28, 2013)—A group of Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) students dedicated a week in March to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Goldsboro, N.C.

More than 30 students applied for 15 spots on the Alternative Spring Break trip to Goldsboro, where they spent a week working with the local Habitat chapter and connecting with community members in need.

“W&J students have an intense desire to serve others,” Justin Dandoy, director of volunteer programs, said. “This was demonstrated by the number of students willing to commit the entirety of their spring break to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.”

Logging 544 hours of volunteer work, W&J students built roofs for two shelters at a community park, did finishing work on a house being moved into that week and painted items for installation in another home. As participants in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, they joined college students across the country in volunteering for one of Habitat’s 200 local chapters.

Calling the experience “life changing,” Steve Anderson, associate dean of student life, added that participants previously served Habitat’s Washington, Pa., chapter for two Saturdays in February. W&J students have been partnering with the organization for 13 years.

“The students have returned with new goals to help address needs in our own Washington community, igniting a deeper passion for and commitment to service,” Dandoy said.

To learn more about community service opportunities at W&J, contact volunteer@washjeff.edu.