This was the before picture. An area in Salem County, NJ where poverty, crime and unemployment has been on the rise the past few years. Local employers recently cut their numbers of employees from 2,000 to 500. In an attempt to create more jobs for the people of Salem, The Alpha Eta Chapter from the University of Delaware teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and Stand Up For Salem to renovate this vacant building into a warehouse for a growing business.
On April 19th, 2014, 23 Brothers from the Alpha Eta Chapter were tasked with removing the foliage that surrounded the building and to paint the outer walls. Equipped with proper safety equipment from the Chapter’s Risk Management Chair the Brothers worked for eight hours.
The event was planned with the intention of benefiting Habitat for Humanity’s organization, however, the results of the event impacted and benefited organizations and people well beyond the limits of Habitat for Humanity.- Alpha Eta Chapter Service Co-Chairs Arianne Molloy and Christopher Voorhees
While working on the building, Brothers also worked together to help two citizens working on Salem’s community garden. Brothers removed debris/weeds, raked the soil and laid down hay and fertilizer throughout the garden in order to prepare it for the new season.
Our Chapter was fortunate enough to not only help out this local group of volunteers, but to also meet a member of Salem’s City Council who was extremely grateful for our service. Alpha Eta Chapter Service Co-Chairs Arianne Molloy and Christopher Voorhees
Did you know? According to its website, Habitat for Humanity has more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and has helped build or repair more than 800,000 houses and serve more than 4 million people worldwide. There is bound to be an affiliate near your Chapter. Find one here.