School of Nursing students build homes for community

November 01, 2022

Brianna Eberle and Carly Donoghue at a Habitat for Humanity build

Two School of Nursing seniors have been working with Habitat for Humanity to fulfill the community service aspect of their Global Public Health minors.

Brianna Eberle ’23 and Carly Donoghue ’23 have been involved in five builds since they started and have been able to try a handful of jobs that they hadn’t done before.

“We help paint, put up sheet rock, caulk, hammer nails, put in the stairs, dig holes and lots of other tasks,” said Donoghue. “It's fun to do since I never do anything like this in my everyday life.”

Eberle is grateful for the exposure to construction that has allowed her to learn new things during her time at Quinnipiac.

“I haven't ever been around construction or tools before,” she said. “Now I am able to complete a variety of tasks with different tools.”

Eberle wasn’t familiar with Habitat for Humanity beforehand but decided to take a chance and join.

“I had heard great stories from some of my friend and everyone I had talked to loved their experiences, so I decided to try it out for myself,” said Eberle. “I love Habitat and am so thankful I tried it out. I hope to continue volunteering with Habitat in the future.”

Donoghue felt pride in being able to see her hard work turn into results that will positively impact the community.

“At the beginning of the spring semester the house was just the foundation and by the end it was a whole house with a roof and siding,” said Donoghue.

Donoghue will also be able to translate some of the knowledge that she’s gained into her professional career she said.

“Healthcare is all about communicating with patients and helping people,” said Donoghue. “Habitat truly makes differences in people’s lives and changes their lives for the better. This is exactly what I will strive to do in my healthcare career.”

Eberle encourages other students to get involved with community service during their time at Quinnipiac.

“It is an amazing opportunity to meet other people with the same values and morals as you,” said Eberle. “Community service has made me a more considerate and appreciative person and I hope others have this same experience. Not only are you making a difference in someone else's life, you're bettering yourself at the same time.”

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