Public auction to raise funds for student service trips to Appalachia & New York

Saint Joseph's College will hold a public auction to raise funds to support its Spring Break Workfest program on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The funds will help three teams of students dedicate their Spring Break to take part in weeklong service projects in Appalachia and New York. Silent auction items will be open for bidding on the first floor of Mercy Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public auction will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Mercy Hall dining hall on the ground floor.

Two student teams will serve in Kentucky, in part of the nation's poorest region. Students will help build or renovate houses, work with children, the elderly, and the disabled, and also learn about the culture and the needs of residents. Near New York City, a team will help build safe, decent, and affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity.
This is the 19th year that the college will conduct the program, giving students the opportunity to experience different aspects of service and gain broader perspectives from different communities. Courtney Hoffses of Mapleton, Maine, who participated in the New York trip last year, said, "In the rush of our lives, we forget that we have neighbors that have less than half of what we have. We take things for granted."

Each year, students return to Maine with a new appreciation for issues in their home communities and their ability to make a difference. The auction raises more than half of the money needed to provide these valuable experiences.

In case of inclement weather closing the college, the auction will be rescheduled for the following Wednesday. For more information or to make a donation, please call 893-7794. Saint Joseph's College is located at 278 Whites Bridge Road in Standish. Parking is behind the Harold Alfond Center at the rear of campus.

January 26, 2010 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu