Two teams, totaling 13 students from NJIT, joined Habitat Bergen on their Bergenfield new construction worksite to frame the single-family home. The first of the two NJIT builds was a team of seven students on Tuesday, March 15th, who were recruited through the NJIT Alternative Spring Break (NJIT ASB) program.Now in its fourth year, NJIT ASB recruited nearly 200 student volunteers who logged over 2,000 service hours last week. During their Alternative Spring Break, NJIT students engage in volunteer opportunities all over the state of New Jersey. Students tutor, build homes, paint at schools and community agencies and are stewards to the environment by protecting state and local parks. NJIT Director of Civic Engagement, Vivian Lanzot, expressed, “We are excited about our continued partnership with Habitat Bergen through the Alternative Spring Break program. Each year, our students look forward to building with Habitat Bergen as a way to volunteer and network.”
A team of six electrical engineering and architecture students from NJIT Alpha Sigma Tau kicked off Habitat Bergen’s first Women Build 2016 on Friday, March 18th. Last fall, Alpha Sigma Tau held a Masquerade Ball Fundraiser and donated $1,000 of the event proceeds to Habitat Bergen as a Women Build 2016 sponsor. The sorority also volunteers with Habitat Bergen at its Annual Holiday Giftwrapping Drive at Bergen Town Center each December.
“As members of Alpha Sigma Tau, we are dedicated to the mission and values of Habitat for Humanity. It’s so much fun hanging out with our sisters and helping out our community. It’s always amazing seeing the power we have as a group. When we all combine our efforts, we can do so much for our community. We sometimes forget how powerful we are and how much we can do as a sisterhood and working with Habitat for Humanity reminds us that we can do great things for our community,” said Ina Tubicelli, President of NJIT Alpha Sigma Tau.
“Through our volunteer programs, NJIT has become a fundamental partner of ours in the community. NJIT embeds within their students a deep understanding of philanthropy, and volunteering with us provides their students a unique opportunity to give back while honing their architectural and engineering skills,” said Angela King, Habitat Bergen Director of Volunteers and Women Build Committee Chair.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, contact Chelsea Gioffre at [email protected], or call 201.457.1020.
About Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
The goal of Habitat Bergen is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by working in partnership with people in need. Using volunteer labor and donated funds and materials,
Habitat Bergen builds or rehabilitates decent houses and sells them to low-income families at cost, but with no interest added. Habitat Bergen is a people-to-people partnership, which joins all of us together regardless of race, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic status. That partnership begins with the homeowner families (partner families). Habitat Bergen is not a giveaway program, but a joint venture in