Two Robert Morris University staff members and 12 students in fraternities and sororities recently spent a week in Monmouth County, N.J., working with Coastal Habitat, a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Students repaired several single family homes damaged by flood waters after Hurricane Sandy in the communities of Manasquan, Shark River Hills, and Asbury Park. Monmouth University provided free housing for the week to the RMU students and staff.
“We helped so many people, and I am so grateful that I was able to participate in the program," said Alicia Ericson, a member of RMU's Delta Zeta sorority. "From start to finish we worked as a team, not individuals, and I think it was very eye-opening for everyone. It not only gave us the opportunity to help others, but also to become stronger and more determined."
The group made a pit stop in Philadelphia to visit the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority international headquarters and in Morrisville, Pa., and to snag a picture at Robert Morris Plaza. The students and staff also had the opportunity to visit the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity national headquarters in Neptune, N.J., where they had dinner with Scott Carlson, the fraternity's chief executive officer, who graduated from Robert Morris in 1982.
The participants all said that they hope the program will continue for years to come. “I want everyone to be able to have the same experience I have had,” said Ericson. "Greek life has allowed me to help countless people and make a difference."
Written by Cori Katich