Marist Habitat for Humanity Honored

Campus chapter recognized as part of National Philanthropy Day

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY (Nov. 20, 2013) – The Marist College chapter of Habitat for Humanity was honored recently by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. At its Nov. 15 National Philanthropy Day celebration at the Villa Borghese restaurant, the AFP's Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter presented Marist Habitat for Humanity with the Friends of Green Chimneys Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy Award.  

Habitat for Humanity

Current and former officers of Marist Habitiat for Humanity accepted the Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy Award on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day: Melissa Suppe '15; VP; Gabrielle Gordon '14, treasurer; Molly Crowe '14, president; Thomas Plowinske '13, past president; Kerry McNulty '13, past committee chair; Caitlin Kelly '15, public relations (not pictured: James Holodnak '15, secretary; and Chantal Lizzi' 15, committee chair)

In its citation, AFP noted:

Marist College Habitat for Humanity is a student run club with over 300 members who participate in local builds about once a month with Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County and Greater Newburgh, to help families have a decent, safe and affordable home to come to each night. They also hold multiple events on campus, such as Relay for Life, St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn and the 5th annual cardboard recycling project in which 3,570 pounds of cardboard was recycled on Marist move-in day.

Marist Habitat for Humanity completed 12 builds last year; six with Habitat Dutchess and six with Habitat of Greater Newburgh. They also had two builds in Breezy Point, NY, with a total of 60 volunteers, to help bring relief to those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

In addition, Marist Habitat has brought Habitat’s mission to the whole Marist community through several awareness events such as building cardboard huts on World Habitat Day, to teach the entire college community that housing problems are a global issue.

For three years in a row club members have spent their Spring Break traveling to other states to help with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. In March 2013 twenty-seven members completed their third Collegiate Challenge, a week-long build of three houses in various stages with Arkansas Valley Habitat.

Overall, Marist Habitat is a club that continues to grow every year. They are committed, hardworking students who generously continue to give their time to help their community while growing the organization. They plan to continue with all of these great opportunities this semester and to spread Habitat’s mission to the surrounding area and to other areas of the country.

In addition to the award, the chapter was presented with a Congressional Proclamation honoring its work by the office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is set aside every Nov. 15th to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy-and those people active in the philanthropic community-to the enrichment of our world. NPD provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. First held in 1986, NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. This year more than 100 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America.

The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of AFP serves Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Programs offered by the group help both non-profit staff and community volunteers make a greater difference through philanthropy through locally-based, cost-effective educational programs, regional networking opportunities and other resources such as study groups for professional certifications. For more information visit