Thursday, January 22, 2009

BonaResponds in Friendship - From BV

From the BV (the student paper at SBU): BonaResponds in Friendship - Features:
"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.

"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."
and later:
"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."

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