For spring break this year, nine Stony Brook students from the Catholic Campus Ministry volunteered their time at Nazareth Farm located in the Appalachian region of West Virginia. Their mission was to improve the lives of those with substandard housing by building necessary renovations.
This is the first mission trip the Catholic Campus Ministry has done to Nazareth Farm. The students have been fundraising for the trip since last September, and were led by program director Joanne Buonocore. At the farm, they joined with other students from Perdue, Colgate and Columbia to share farm chores, cooking for the group and building projects. The students were taught how to install insulation and siding, roofing, build a porch, and a wheelchair ramp onto a trailer. Chemistry major Mike Saccomanno summed up his experience: “Our mission trip to Nazareth Farm and the Appalachia region is the culmination of the Ministry’s efforts to promote social justice for all.”