for Humanity Needs YOU!
The Randolph-Macon College campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity motored to New
Orleans during spring break, March 24-28, 2008, to help with Katrina reconstruction
efforts. The group of 19 students and two staff members offered their construction
services throughout the community and networked with alumni located in New Orleans.
Jason Barlow '07, Elisabeth Gehl '97, and current senior Cory Steckler joined the
group for a day and helped with the build.
The trip also afforded students a taste of Louisiana's culture and rich history
as they toured museums, listened to jazz music, learned about the bayou and its
wildlife and sampled Cajun cuisine.
Prior to the trip, the R-MC Habitat members did some extensive fundraising: their
efforts included a coin drive in collaboration with the Sophomore Class Board, a
spaghetti dinner held at Duncan Memorial Church, a t-shirt sale in support of Yellow
Jacket Basketball, leaf-raking, a car wash and a letter-writing campaign to local
businesses and supporters of this industrious group. Says R-MC's Habitat for Humanity
co-adviser Christina Brown, "I have really had an amazing opportunity to watch this
group grow and develop."
In 2007 the Habitat chapter stayed in Ashland during spring break and cultivated
a relationship with the Hanover Area Habitat for Humanity; that relationship continues
to flourish. During the 2007 Macon a Difference Day, Habitat for Humanity and Students
for Environmental Action (SEA) combined their efforts to construct a Can Condo,
which plays an integral role in the school’s recycling program and is a continuous
source of support for the Hanover Habitat for Humanity. Tia Bryant ’10, a Habitat
member, learned that “when you work hard, the greatest reward is seeing smiles on
everyone’s faces. That’s when you know the experience was worth it.”
Brown, assistant director of residence life and housing, sums up the trip and how
it affected the group: "I can think of no greater or more worthwhile event that
I do as an adviser than this. These students will remember this spring break...they
will remember the impact of the devastation and the hope that a hammer and nails
Please help us support and sustain the goals of R-MC’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter.
Every donation helps, whether it’s that change between your sofa cushions,
a generous check or something in between. Help us build a better future.
Donations can be sent to:
C/O Christina Brown, Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005-5505