Volunteers to help build homes for poverty-stricken families

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Office of civic engagement encourages students to assist those in need.

By Johann Spiess


This college’s office of civic engagement will partner with Habitat for Humanity SA this weekend for the first time to help build homes for needy families in San Antonio.

Volunteers should plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m. March 28 at 1118 Julia Ross St. Limited registration is open until the day of the event and available to all students.

Volunteers will build until 3 p.m., said Mary Elise Ferrer, office of student life coordinator.

“We want to bring student and community volunteers together in order to help build quality and affordable homes for underprivileged families in our community that would otherwise be unable to afford a home,” Ferrer said.

No experience is required, Ferrer said. She encouraged more students to register for this weekend’s build. Eleven of the 20 available spots are still open for registration.

“Even if all you do is put up one piece of siding on a house or paint a wall, it goes a long way in making a difference in these families’ lives.” Ferrer said

Volunteers will receive instruction and get hands-on experience with tools and skills required in building a home. Since its founding, HHSA has built more than 850 homes in San Antonio.

Donated lunches will be provided for all volunteers 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Volunteers can register at this college’s OrgSync page or in person at the office of civic engagement.

For more information, contact Ferrer at 210-486-0157 or mferrer10@alamo.edu.


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