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SJU Habitat for Humanity Chapter Celebrates “Act! Speak! Build!” Week

From Left to Right: Rafael Rivera ’10C, campus minister for Vincentian service and justice; Sherin James ’16C; Gretchen Galanis ’16CPS; Mercedes Colon ’14C; Nicholas Prutting ’14C; Matthew Dunbar, advocacy and community relations manager at Habitat for Humanity, New York City; Eliane Abou-Assi ’14C; Michael Kahaly ’14TCB; Nikhat Azam ’14C; Lauren Eden ’16CPS; and Courtney Green ’15C.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

St. John's University's Habitat for Humanity (H4H) chapter celebrated its eighth annual “Act! Speak! Build!” Week with a variety of events, including a general meeting; fundraising efforts to support a restoration project in the Philippines; and service opportunities throughout the New York City area.

“Act! Speak! Build!” raises awareness about homelessness and the stability that housing provides for people. Volunteers lobby elected officials and community leaders while educating the entire community about the need for affordable housing, both locally and globally.

For over a decade, SJU’s  H4H chapter has given students on the Queens campus a wide range of opportunities to advocate for low-income families, helping them to achieve the dream of home ownership.

With hard work, commitment, and passion, the students have built and restored homes for families in the New York City area and beyond. “Working with Habitat is a unique volunteering experience because it establishes a community—intertwining dedicated volunteers and the determined people who we help,” said Nikhat Azam '14C, president of the SJU H4H chapter.  “At every site, we experience a truly inspiring atmosphere.”    

Capping off the week, the chapter hosted the Carpenter’s Ball, which recognizes active members who demonstrate their commitment and passion all year round. "The Carpenter’s Ball was an amazing capstone to our ‘Act! Speak! Build! Week,’" said Mercedes Colon '14C. "It commemorates a successful year in which so many heeded the call to service."