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By Kelly Dombrowski ’16
New Rochelle, N.Y. (April 19, 2016) -- A group of 11 students, along with their moderator Brother Jason Ford, spent their spring break serving the people of Harrisburg, Pa. This was the first Habitat for Humanity Harrisburg-based mission trip that the Office of Ministry has undertaken.
Habitat hosts a Collegiate Challenge throughout every college break, encouraging groups of students to volunteer to help out throughout the United States. A group of Iona students began their week volunteering at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank - Harrisburg Branch, where they sorted through donations and organized food to be sent out to various ministries and homes.
The Iona group also served at the local Harrisburg ReStore, a non-profit store that sells donated items, and helped clean up and rearrange the store in preparation for its grand re-opening. The students spent the remainder of their week at work sites, roofing a shed, cleaning up rubble, and demolishing the interior of a house that was being rebuilt.
“I’m so thankful the Iona in Mission committee added the Habitat Harrisburg trip this year,” said Julia Pietrangelo ‘16, a mission committee member and Harrisburg team member. “While in Harrisburg I saw service in a way I had not considered before. It was clear to us that our hard work and dedication to our daily tasks were greatly appreciated. Not only did we impact the local community and those in need, we also made the day-to-day lives of others serving the community a little easier. We were able to accomplish tasks that would take them a few days in just a few hours. It is true that ‘many hands make light work.’”
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