August 17


Originally published May 1, 2017…

Running around a beach in 85 degree weather? Not for these inspiring young people.

Students from 11 educational and religious institutions are spending their spring break helping Coastal Habitat for Humanity kick-off its new construction season during the organization’s 2017 Collegiate Challenge program.

Students from Boston College volunteered with Coastal Habitat for Humanity last week during the launch of the organization’s 2017 Collegiate Challenge.

“The students will be helping build our 18th new construction home on DeWitt Avenue in Asbury Park,” said Maureen Mulligan, executive director. “Twelve students from Boston College were here last week to help frame the house. All of the kids will be doing important work; heavy lifting for a local family in need.”

During the next few weeks more than 140 students will assist installing the interior walls, sheetrocking, and fitting the windows of the single family home. All work is supervised by professional contractors.

“We are welcoming more than double the number of our usual Collegiate Challenge students this year,” said Mulligan. “I think it speaks volumes about the new generation and their selflessness. It’s wonderful to have so many younger people getting involved and helping others. Some of them are driving hundreds of miles to use their vacation time to contribute to the lives of a family they have not met.”

Students 16 to 22 years-old will volunteer in our area from Boston College, Providence College, Southern Vermont College, Colby College, University of Mary Washington, Brookdale College, Monmouth University, St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, Archbishop Carroll High School, St. Rose of Lima in Belmar, St. Peter’s Preparatory in Jersey City, Academy Charter High School in Lake Como, Asbury Park High School and Stroudsburg United Methodist Church.

“All the young volunteers are looking for a hands-on opportunity to help their ‘neighbors’,” said Mulligan. “At the end of their week with us, the Boston College students gave me a note saying, in part, that working with us was such an ‘inspring event’ and that they planned to come back next year. We are as grateful as they are.”

And, despite the 30 degree weather, the Boston College students did get to the beach.

The charity is always welcoming new volunteers, no experience necessary.