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Boston College Students Volunteer With Habitat Kent Over Spring Break

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     When most college students traveled south in search of some fun in the sun, a group of enterprising students from Boston College headed to Grand Rapids to serve with Habitat Kent.

     Last week 13 Boston College students donned their work boots and hard hats and serve at two Habitat Kent builds.

     “Many people think that Habitat and its volunteers only build in the summer,” said Becca Danz, Habitat Kent director of volunteer services. “The truth is, we are out all year long working to revitalize our neighborhoods and provide safe, secure housing. We’re honored to have these students join us during their break to help build up our community.”

     During their weeklong stay, the students served at the Habitat Kent South ReStore, framed two homes and put in insulation at home repair.

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Boston College students framing a Habitat Kent home.

     The Boston College students are a part of the Appalachia Volunteer Program that promotes volunteerism in the Boston area and organizes an annual spring break service trip. Senior international studies and history major and co-leader Chris Madden said that the program was looking to expand their impact beyond the Appalachia area this year by serving in Grand Rapids.

     “Our program seeks to tap into a greater purpose of what are education is all about,” Madden said.

     The students were also able to attend Habitat Kent’s Lunch Dialogue: Embracing Justice Into Your Organizational Strategy and participate in activities to experience the city.

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Students putting on proper safety gear in order to insulate a home. 

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Students posing with Carpenter's Club member "Big Al." The students were able to work alongside the members throughout the week. 

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     Habitat Kent is thankful for the students’ hard work and their joyful spirit throughout the week.

     CLICK HERE if you’re interested in volunteering as a group.

     EVERY GIFT can provide stability, strength and self-reliance for a family in Kent County. 

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