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.
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.