"With the economy in its run-down condition, many people are struggling to make ends meet. Most families can make it themselves, but some are in dire need of outside help. BonaResponds, an on-campus volunteer organization, has been providing this help. They have been building a house in the town of Friendship, N.Y., for homeowners Ed and Donna.....Steven Gearhart, a junior physics major, had nothing but plaudits for his experiences working on the Vandurens' house.and later:
"It was fun. It's not that hard of work, but it's still work," said Gearhart. "You have fun there with the group and … you don't come away exhausted."
Another student who worked on the house, Michael English, a sophomore finance major, said he enjoyed working on Ed and Donna's house.
"They're really good people," English said. "They deserve every bit of help they can get. I felt more than happy to volunteer for them."
"They are just the nicest people, but they are stuck in a position that, to them, is a catastrophe every bit as large as Katrina was," said Mahar. "But it didn't affect thousands, it affected two … It's the same, it just didn't make the front page of the news. It was a very quiet story that is repeated thousands of times across the country that isn't big enough to fit on an y radar scope, but that doesn't mean they don't need the help."