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Florida Campus builds on community’s needs

A team of Florida Campus students and faculty exchanged their textbooks for hammers and paintbrushes to help the Halifax Habitat for Humanity finish a home in Daytona Beach, which is now occupied by a very deserving family.

The Palmer team painted, hung cabinets and performed general duties. They were led by Instructor Michael Shreeve, D.C., Davenport ’79.

Along with Dr. Shreeve, the Palmer team consisted of Professor Medhat Alattar, D.C.; Associate Professor Dewan Raja, M.B.B.S.; Assistant Professor Ali Rabatsky, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Christina Neros, D.C.; and students Myrn James and Denise Karpowicz.

“I was really surprised when I asked for help, and we had more volunteers sign up than we had slots,” said Dr. Shreeve. “We actually turned people away. The concept of helping people to help themselves is one that all of us representing Palmer embrace.”

Dr. Shreeve plans on continuing the coordination of Palmer’s partnership with Habitat by identifying dates and particular projects that most volunteers can do.

Said Cecilia Cannon, volunteer coordinator for Habitat, “The labor provided by Palmer volunteers was an important part of making it possible for Family Partner Joann Canidate and her brother to realize their dream of becoming first-time homeowners.”

Many people on the Florida Campus, students and employees alike, serve their community in a variety of capacities, both as representatives of Palmer College and on their own.

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