Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College students forwent hours of television binge watching, napping and other college break staples to help the Raleigh, NC community. Twelve Mounties, accompanied by two MAC staff members, volunteered with Habitat For Humanity in the national collegiate challenge. For one week, Mount Aloysius students built a Habitat Home, refurbished existing Habitat homes and organized the Habitat ReStore, a store that gives its proceeds back to Habitat for Humanity projects.

In past years, Mount Aloysius students have assisted in every part of constructing a home, from the demolition of old, dilapidated structures to the building and painting of new houses.  Each year, the students who participate in this trip come away with a renewed sense of commitment and a deep dedication to community service and helping those in need.

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit organization that works toward building home and improving residences for the needy. The organization has worked in 70 countries worldwide and Mount Aloysius is excited to partner to better others. The students who volunteer to participate in MAC service trip programs are responsible for raising part of the monies needed to cover their housing and transportation during the Break week.

Executive Director for Mission Integration and Community Engagement, Chris Koren, along with Brianna Baker, Mercy center coordinator, also volunteered during the weeklong service trip. “This is an exciting opportunity for our students because they get to experience the thrill of serving others for the greater good,” said Koren. “Our students learn that every single person can make a difference through their volunteer work. We are grateful to Habitat and to our Mount Aloysius staff and student leaders who made this possible.”

Caption: Mount Aloysius students take a break in front of the Habitat ReStore of  Wake County. Shown are: 1st row: Maggee Carrara, of Freeport, Pa.,  Katie Carrara, of Freeport, Pa., Melissa Stough, of Coopersburg, Pa., Nicole Petonic, of Summerhill, Pa., Anne Polesnak, Wake County Habitat staff member; 2nd row: Corrin Dagostin, of Sugarloaf, Pa., Taylor Plunkard, of Portersville, Pa., Jozie Seaman, of Portage, Pa., Halie Little, of Austin, Pa., Emily Goldyn, of Portage, Pa., Rachel Borst, of Altoona, Pa., Sara Ollinger, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Brianna Baker, Mercy Coordinator of Mount Aloysius; 3rd row: Pete Smerecky, of McKeesport, Pa. Not pictured: Chris Koren, Executive Director for Mission Integration and Community Engagement