PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- As part of the college’s Alternative Spring Break 2014, Paul Francisco, a resident of Pelham, N.Y., and a member of the class of 2015 at Providence College, recently spent a week working with Habitat for Humanity.
Francisco was among more than 130 Providence College students who volunteered to spend their spring break working at Habitat home sites in four locations in the United States. They participated through the Habitat campus chapter at Providence College, which is sponsored by the chaplain's office. Francisco worked on a home project in Kittaning, Pa.
Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter and other volunteers who work through more than 1,900 affiliates worldwide.
Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of about 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College has consistently been ranked among the five regional universities in the North, according to U.S. News' America's Best Colleges.