Hartwick students paint The Wall for Habitat for Humanity

Hartwick Students Support Habitat for Humanity During J Term

February 7, 2012

Hartwick College students in Professor of Nursing Peggy Jenkins' "Life's Choices: Ethical Issues in Healthcare" class spent their J Term working to support Habitat for Humanity in the Oneonta area. Through a number of complimentary efforts as part of an intensive service learning project - and with donations from community businesses - the group worked to aid the nonprofit founded on "the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live."

On February 2, the class gathered on a cold, windy day to paint The Wall on West St. with a message of support for Habitat. Oneonta's Munson's Building Supply donated the paint for the effort.

Habitat for Humanity StudentsTo help further publicize Habitat's efforts, the class designed posters and brochures to encourage low-income families to apply to Habitat to become Partner Families, a step which could lead to owning their own Habitat-built home. Oneonta's Office Max donated the printing for 50 of these posters and 50 brochures, which students distributed to Wal-Mart, and area laundromats and low-income housing. The class also created brochures and posters to encourage all community members to volunteer, and to donate food, household items, money and time to Habitat for Humanity.

The class also designed public service announcements, which will be aired on local radio stations WSRK and WDLA.

The class' fundraising committee raised about $100 for Habitat, as well as three donations of gift certificates to help feed volunteers. These were donated by Tino's Pizza, Boudreaux n' Thibodeaux's and Ruffino's Pizza, all in Oneonta.

Under Jenkins' leadership, the following students undertook the service learning project: Joseph Capparelli '15, Jacqueline Cummings '14, Sarah Fasano '15, Gregory Goetz '15, Carlee Hirt '15, Sierra Holik '15, Emily Jweid '15, Kareem March '15, Dana Martin '15, Ryan McCoy '15, Peter Melanson '15, Stephanie Mollo '15, Marialuisa Monda '15, Jacquelynn Moynihan '15, Sarah Munderville '15, Lauren Noyes '15, Julia Ready '15, Amy Ronnermann '15, Mathew Ryan '15, Venecia Salguero '15, and Justin White '15.

For more on service learning as Hartwick, visit PSGE.

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