Trinity Students Make a Habit of Helping Others by Building Homes Locally and in Florida

Volunteers Take Part in Habitat for Humanity Projects over Spring Break and on Weekends Year-Round

Volunteers at the site of a Habitat for Humanity project in Broward County, Florida.
 Hartford, CT, March 24, 2015 – Every year for more than a decade, Trinity students who volunteer for Hartford Habitat for Humanity have made it a habit to wake up extra early on a Saturday every month to participate in a home building or remodeling project in Hartford. In doing so, they have developed both their carpentry skills and their commitment to community service. Recently, many of these students took both their skills and commitment to service on the road to help out elsewhere.

In mid-March, a group of 28 Trinity students traveled to Broward County, Florida, for an “alternative” spring break, participating in the Habitat Collegiate Challenge.  Working alongside volunteers from the University of Wisconsin, the Trinity students’ efforts were highlighted by Florida news outlets, including coverage by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and WSVN, a Fort Lauderdale/Miami television station.

 Student leaders for the trip were Subekshya Bidari ’16 and Maggie Dalton-Hoffman ’16, who was quoted in some of the news coverage. Shepherding the trip for the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement was Graduate Assistant Nafe Tengatenga ’13. More photos of the group can be seen on the Broward County Habitat for Humanity Facebook album here.

(L-R): Trinity alumna and Executive Director of Hartford Habitat for Humanity Karraine Moody ’01, John Martone ’18, Sarah Messenger ’18, Subekshya Bidari ’16, Monica Mhina ’17, Gokce Gokmenoglu ’16, and Joe Barber, director of the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement.

Trinity’s Habitat volunteers not only volunteer their time in Hartford, but they raise funds, too. On March 13, the Friday before spring break, their efforts on behalf of the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity—where alumna Karraine Moody ’01 serves as executive director—were visible as fundraising resulted in a $6,500 contribution by Trinity volunteers: to go toward a house that will be built on Grand Street in Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood.

Asked about her experience as a Habitat volunteer in Hartford, Dalton-Hoffman says, “I feel the least we can do is give back to the community that we call home. Habitat for Humanity does just that. There is no better way to transcend barriers, real or perceived, between our campus and our city, than by building homes in Hartford.”


Homepage: Trinity volunteers Sam Fischer ’18 and Jill Ramsay ’18 hammer in wire mesh (in preparation for applying concrete) on the underside of the roof of a Habitat for Humanity project in Broward County, Florida.