Building Happiness Together

By Amy Lukac
Opinion Editor

What is a great way to participate with the ESU community? Joining clubs! There is a plethora of clubs on campus for everyone. I had the pleasure of interviewing sophomore Victoria Costello, the president of Habitat for Humanity, for some in-depth information on the Habitat for Humanity club!

What is the Habitat for Humanity club all about? It is a non-profit organization that partners with future and current homeowners to build simple, decent, and affordable housing for low and very low-income families. Likewise, our Habitat for Humanity chapter at ESU does just that. They volunteer their time to help combat the housing crisis.

“Currently, we have 59 active members. New members are always welcome! No skills are required. Just come to one of our meetings, and you’re a Habitat member!” said Victoria.

Victoria also added that club meetings are every Tuesday at 2:00 PM in Stroud Hall, room 302. You don’t need to contact her before attending one of the meetings. Just show up!

Habitat for Humanity has a calendar full of events and work that helps others.

During the fall 2014 semester, the club worked extensively on renovating an old restaurant into a food pantry, now called the Five Loaf House, located in Pocono Pines, PA.

“Today, the Five Loaf House has been completed and is serving the community. Each semester, we have long-term local builds as well as short-term builds that we work on,” said Victoria.

For the students interested in joining, there are some projects set for the club during this semester!

Victoria said, “For the spring 2015 semester, we are still volunteering with the Five Loaf House. Also, there is a home addition in Canadensis, PA, as well as 23 homes being restored through Monroe County Home Restoration Project. In addition to our builds, we are planning some exciting fundraisers and on-campus events!”

Joining a club on campus is a great way to meet other ESU students and community members, and it also looks great on your résumé!

Victoria informed me that volunteering with Habitat for Humanity provides students with hands-on experience in helping the community, and emphasizes the importance of teamwork.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Habitat for Humanity club here at ESU, contact Victoria Costello at or the Habitat website at or just attend one of the meetings!

The club is open for everyone, and encourages students to stop by and see what they’re all about!

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