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Connecticut students spend spring break volunteering in South Bend


South Bend is not your typical spring break destination.

"My spring break is different because there's snow outside," says junior, Jeff Daley.

But this group of students from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, say there's nowhere else they'd rather be.

"We're having a great time. Everyone's been so nice and hospitality has been great and we're so grateful for everyone accepting us into the community," says Daley.

It's not a leisure vacation though, they're working from 8-4 all week long on this home, as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

"You learn a lot. Not only do you learn how to build a house, but you learn how to get out of your comfort zone, to meet new people," says student, Nicole Floriano.

This house project began in June of last year and this week students are busy finishing the interior.

Habitat director of volunteer care, Michael Weathers says because of the help they're getting from students this week, the house will be almost complete. "They come in here, they volunteer their time instead of sitting somewhere sunny and warm, their toes in the sand. They're coming here and shoveling snow and helping out these families."

Sacred Heart University has a Habitat for Humanity chapter, so for many of these students, this isn't their first spring break trip.

"I personally have a passion for service so once I found out about Habitat, I was like 'this is a great organization, I love this, I wouldn't want to spend my time being or doing anything else," says Floriano.

"Getting to help others is something that really drives me and it's who I am as a person. Giving up my Spring Break is nothing," says Daley.

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