Public auction to raise funds for student service trips to Appalachia & New York to be held Wednesday, Feb. 16

Saint Joseph's College will hold a free public auction on Wednesday, Feb. 16 to raise funds to support its Spring Break Workfest program. The funds will help five teams of students dedicate their Spring Break to take part in weeklong service projects in Appalachia, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans. 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 12 p.m., in the Mercy Hall dining hall on the ground floor.

The student teams will serve in some of the nation's poorest areas, helping to build or renovate houses, work with children, the elderly, disadvantaged youth and the disabled - and 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 20th year that the college will conduct the program, giving students the opportunity to experience different aspects of service and gain broader perspectives from the various communities. The program is designed to encourage an attitude of lifelong service and expose students to models of communities working together to solve their problems, inspiring them to get involved in their home communities. The auction raises more than one-third 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.

February 7, 2011
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail