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Helping Habitat for Humanity: Service Trip to Louisiana

Story posted June 25, 2009

The day after commencement, while Bowdoin's newest graduates were packing up and on their way home, six students, one staff member and one representative from Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine were heading south on a mission.

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The crew, organized through the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, made the trek from Maine to Louisiana to contribute to a Habitat for Humanity building project in the city of Covington and to learn more about the continued rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Volunteering with the St. Tammany West chapter of Habitat for Humanity, they spent five days working on the interior of a house, where their tasks ranged from painting to hanging doors to cutting and installing windowsills.

Students learned not only construction skills, but more about the mission of Habitat for Humanity, and how the organization and its supporters continue working to relieve the devastating effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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