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SUNY students help build Keeseville home

KEESEVILLE The Champlain Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity International recently received a hand from several college students as the organization works to complete its sixth house for a family in need. The State University of New York at Plattsburgh chapters of the Theta Alpha Lambda and Delta Phi Epsilon sororities and the Pi Alpha Nu fraternity, were out in large numbers Oct. 4, helping with the Habitat house project on Hill Street. The house, which is being built for Andrea Caron and her daughter, Kelly Chillari, has been under construction since last year. Volunteers have been working diligently over the summer and into the fall months to ready the house for use this winter or by early spring, said Patrick Cleveland, CVHFH board of directors member. The students from the sororities and fraternity completed several different jobs around the house, said Cleveland, in an effort to further the progress of the project. We definitely appreciated all of the help from Pi Alpha Nu, Theta Alpha Lambda, and Delta Phi Epsilon, said Cleveland. They were great to work with and everyone had a good time working together. Lindsey Adornetto, with the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, said it was rewarding to know she and her sorority sisters were helping out those in need. I feel like a lot of the girls could relate considering the house was being built for a single mother and a daughter in high school, said Adornetto. I know that we all had a great time working together as well and the sense of pride we all felt ... As a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon, its important for us to put ourselves out there to help others so we become more well rounded, selfless individuals for the present and future. Brian Ganon, with the Pi Alpha Nu fraternity, said he and his fellow members were also glad to lend a hand to help the organization. We felt proud and we didnt complain about giving up our time to give back a little, said Ganon. Even though it was not a tremendous amount of help it still inspired us to recognize more ways we can help in the future. We had fun doing this and because it is for such a good cause we will continue to look for more ways to provide for the less fortunate. Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers, said Cleveland. This Saturday, Oct. 18, the Adirondack Young Professionals, a community-active group based in Plattsburgh, will host a volunteer day at the Keeseville Habitat house. The work day will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteers may register by calling 335-8125. For more information about Habitat for Humanity or how to help, contact CVHFH board president Harriet Burrell at 643-9778 or visit their Web site at www.cvhfh.com.

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