Marietta, Ga. (Dec. 2, 2011) A group of students from the Construction Management (CM) Department put their education to work this fall by volunteering on three community service projects with HouseProud Atlanta, Inc.
This organization provides Atlanta’s low-income senior and disabled homeowners with no-cost home repairs to keep them warm, safe and dry in their existing homes. HouseProud relies heavily on skilled volunteers to fulfill its mission.
Groups of as many as eight CM students at a time – including the members of the SPSU Constructor’s Guild – took part in activities such as replacing rotted porch handrails and decking, re-attaching gutters, removing and replacing deteriorated soffit, installing new exterior handrails, re-screening porches and doors, fixing cabinets and replacing exterior doors.
“We had the pleasure of assisting a 75-year-old blind gentleman who lives by himself, an elderly lady whose husband recently passed away and other individuals in need,” said Trent Anderson, president of the SPSU Constructor’s Guild and vice president of the SPSU Student Government Association. “Students enjoyed taking some time on Saturday mornings to work with their hands and give back to the less fortunate, and we look forward to continuing these projects in the spring semester.”
“The work the SPSU students did in one day would have probably taken us several weeks to complete with the individual volunteers who work with HouseProud on a semi-regular basis,” HouseProud Atlanta’s Jonathan Kidwell wrote to Anderson after the most recent volunteer effort, on Nov. 19.