St. Bernard Project - New York was happy to welcome back one of our repeat volunteer teams, the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity at Hunter College, for another day of service in Rockaway. These New York City-based college students are members of the Alpha Gamma Gamma chapter of APO, a “national co-educational service organization founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service.” We asked the group members to share some thoughts on their time with SBP so far:
What drew you to serve with St. Bernard Project?
“I volunteered last year and had a great experience!”
“It feels good knowing you can help someone through building a house.”
“A lot of people don’t know that there are still so many displaced homeowners; it’s really nice to help them return home.”
|APO at SBP - NY headquarters|
Which construction tasks did you do?
“We did some sanding and mudding, this time. Last year, we did a mix of painting, drywall, and insulation.”
What was your favorite part of the volunteer experience?
“I liked picking up new skills.”
“Drilling drywall into the house!”
“Doing service together as brothers!”
How was this volunteer work different from other service experiences you've had?
“It doesn't feel like work. It feels like we were in and out fast and we had a lot of fun!”
“The work was more hands-on.”
“I’d never gotten to ‘mud’ before, so I liked the new experiences.”
“We were given different tasks and didn't get stuck just doing one thing.”
|Representatives from APO & SBP - NY|
Any advice for future volunteers?
“Come in big numbers; it’s more fun and you can accomplish more together!”
“Get dirty...and dress appropriately!”
“It doesn't feel like work since the time passes quickly. Have fun with it!”
Thanks again for your continued hard work, Alpha Phi Omega: Alpha Gamma Gamma chapter. We hope to see you here in Rockaway again soon!