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On Break Oliners Head South to Work

It might be called Spring break, but nine Oliners will be working hard this week for Habitat for Humanity.

On Sunday Anusha Datar, Michael Costello, Raquel Dunoff, Abigail Fry, Mark Goldwater, Liz Leadley, Kerry McConnaughay, Grace Montagnino and Ashlee Talbot headed down to Virginia to begin a 5-day session working for Habitat for Humanity.

With a church basement as home base, and the local YMCA on tap for showers, the crew will join others in the area to help build homes for the 42-year old organization. Habitat for Humanity is now in 1,400 communities across the United States and 70 countries around the world. The organization has helped almost 10 million people achieve independence through safe and affordable shelter.

“Community service has always been something I have been passionate about. This was a great opportunity for me to do some service work and it is great that so many other people at Olin wanted to get involved,” said Montagnino, who with the other members of the Habitat team have spent the past few months raising funds for the service trip.

The group held a pizza night with a local restaurant, but by far the most popular fundraising event involved pies, where anyone could make a donation to have the “honor” of pushing a pie into someone’s face. Nick Tatar and Emily Peterson among others were good sports as they graciously received a cream pie facial in front of a standing room only crowd in the dining hall.

Habitat for Humanity service trips don’t always involved building houses from the studs up, often times the work involves renovating an existing structure, or salvaging windows, doors and wood beams from a tear down and recycling them for use in a new home.

Overall the group raised $900, which fell short of their fundraising goal of $2,000. Anyone still wishing to make a donation should contact Michael Costello or Grace Montagnino.