EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - Several New Rochelle veterans are thankful for the Eastchester High School Habitat for Humanity Club this year, after dozens of students spent their weekends benefitting veterans in their community.
Since more than 100 students joined the Habitat for Humanity Club in September, they have heeded the call of this year’s mission: “to be of service to the community as needed.”
Their work in the community began in earnest last month, when more than two dozen students volunteered three consecutive Saturdays to help benefit New Rochelle veterans.
On Oct. 15, the volunteers were broken into three groups. The first helped clear the yard of fallen leaves of a veteran’s home, the second painted and refurbished the garage and the third was busy helping to organize some recently donated furniture for sale in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in downtown New Rochelle.
The following weekend, the Habitat for Humanity Club re-painted the gym of the Holy Family Church on Clove Road and helped unload an additional shipment of furniture at the ReStore. On Oct. 29, 27 students removed debris and unnecessary items from the premise, set up a warehouse and decorated pumpkins that were given to neighborhood children in advance of Halloween.
Moving forward, the Club is planning a holiday dinner for next month and has begun raising awareness about housing concerns in Westchester County by participating in Walk for Homes, an advocacy event that is designed to raise the issues of substandard and poverty housing in America.
“Our officers have been spearheading some great programs and are fully committed to helping the local chapter of Habitat,” Club advisor Lina Astarita said. “Our members have been extremely active and helpful during each event. They are very compassionate about the community around them and want to make a difference.”