Twenty Notre Dame alumni will help Habitat for Humanity build a home

by Michael O. Garvey

Advisory to media: Habitat for Humanity will produce two satellite video feeds from the Pikeville and other work sites. Former President Carter and Habitat’s president and co-founder, Millard Fuller will be featured. The times (EDT) and coordinates are: Monday (June 16) from 2:30-2:45 p.m. at SBS 6 Transponder 13-A (13 lower) Downlink frequency 12007 horizontal Audio 6.2 only. Friday (June 20) from 11:30 -11:45 p.m. at SBS 6 Transponder 14 full (center) Downlink frequency 12043 vertical Audio 6.2/6.8
p. p. Twenty Notre Dame alumni will visit the Appalachian town of Pikeville, Ky., June 15-21 to help Victoria Damron and her two daughters build a home.p. The Notre Dame volunteers, financially supported by a group of anonymous fellow alumni, are participants in the 1997 Jimmy Carter Work Project, an annual event sponsored by Habitat for Humanity International which will bring more than 2,400 volunteers to Appalachia next week to build 54 new homes.p. This is the third year the Notre Dame Alumni Association has participated in the Carter project. President and Mrs. Carter will be among the volunteers in Pikeville, working on a house adjacent to the Damron family’s rising home. The Notre Dame volunteers come from 10 states and range in class year from 1952-97. They include David Link, dean of the Notre Dame Law School, and Rev. Jim Lies, C.S.C., assistant director of campus ministry at the University, who will preside at a worksite Mass every evening. “It will be quite a sight to see a regular member of the crew suddenly pull a cassock over his work clothes and lead us in prayer,” said Edward A. Trifone, who directs the association’s community service program. “If nothing else, it will bring us even closer together.”p. According to Trifone, the project is one of many which represent “what our alumni community service program is all about.”p. “A group of graduates from all backgrounds are taking time off work, areaway from their families, and are working ten to twelve hours a day to help build a better life for a family they’ve never met before and may never see again,” Trifone said, “but before you know it there’s this sense of community; everyone’s working together, having a fun time, sharing stories, and doing God’s work. That to me is Notre Dame.”p. Each year, between 10 percent or more of Notre Dame’s graduating class commit themselves to one or more years of community service. Almost 80 percent of Notre Dame undergraduate students participate in community service projects or academic “serving/learning” courses and seminars coordinated by the University’s Center for Social Concerns. Students, faculty and staff are among the local volunteers at South Bend’s Center for the Homeless, in whose establishment and operations the University has played a crucial role. The University’s Alliance for Catholic Education trains recent Notre Dame graduates and others to staff financially strapped Catholic schools in several southern states. Other Notre Dame graduates serve the poor in the cities of the United States and in the mission fields of the Third World through the Holy Cross Associates, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and other such programs.

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