Dec. 15, 2011
Student Builds Homes with Habitat for Humanity
|Christine Wilson (fifth from the right in the first row standing) helped build this house with Habitat for Humanity.|
Name: Christine Wilson, Class of 2014
Hometown: Glen Rock, Pa.
Major: History and Secondary Education
Service: Building homes as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
Where: Habitat sites in Maryland and North Carolina
Why: Volunteering with CUA's Habitat group drew me as a chance to serve as part of a team. Not only was the work – building homes for low-income residents – an opportunity to help others, but I wasn't working alone. Through our trips, I made new friends and bonded with old ones as we accomplished our project together. Further, in providing both community and service, CUA's Habitat group exemplifies two ideals central to our Catholic faith.
Faith is the first guiding principle as to why service is important. It is our duty as Catholics to serve others as Christ served and to acknowledge each individual human as made in the image of Christ. Our mission in life is to serve God and serve others. By serving others, we serve God as well. Further, it is the duty of each individual to serve others not only to follow faith, but as the tool that holds us all together. We serve others because they are humans and deserve basic necessities as humans.
As shown through Habitat trips, volunteering is not a chore or the product of religion-induced guilt. Volunteering can be enjoyable and fun for all parties. The benefit of service is almost never one-sided.
This year, charitable works — including those performed in long-term service projects — may be logged in Catholic University’s Cardinal Service Commitment, a service campaign marking Catholic University’s 125th anniversary. In thanksgiving for more than a century of God’s blessings at Catholic University, students, alumni, faculty, and staff are striving to perform 125,000 hours of service by next Founders Day, April 10, 2012. For more information and to log hours, visit http://www.cua.edu/125/.