Students Volunteer Saturdays at Comfort House of Allegany

Student David Babcock volunteering at Comfort House of Allegany (Hart House).Alfred State College students once again stepped up to the plate, volunteering the past four Saturdays (with more to come) to help others. More than 45 freshmen and seniors enrolled in the electrical construction and maintenance electrician program at the School of Applied Technology have donated their Saturdays to rough wire the Comfort House of Allegany (Hart House) which is planned as a home to provide care and assistance to terminally ill residents and their families. The home needs some renovation in order to accommodate two terminally ill patients at any one time. Hart House staff will provide 24-hour care and comfort for death with dignity. The board of directors is committed to providing this end-of-life care as a not-for-profit corporation at no cost to individuals who are no longer able to reside in their own homes. However, renovations take time and money. Through their donation of time and talent, ASC students have saved the Hart House from needing to hire electrical contractors, and within a very short time span (many hands make light work) the board of directors will be able to move on to the next step in the renovation: sheet rock. Then the ASC students will return to do the finish wiring. Bill Wesche, former adjunct professor in the Electrician and Computer Technician Department at the college who now serves as an electrician on the Alfred campus, responded to Dave Porter’s request for help, so, in conjunction with (and under the direction of) department chair Jim Jerla and faculty members Stephen Kielar, Dan Noyes, Calvin Odell, and Wesche, students have continued to rough wire the house. Additionally, ASC faculty member Jon Perkins and two of his students from the computer and network technician curriculum have also volunteered their time and talent to install the data, networking, and communication equipment in the house. Dave Porter, a member of the Hart House board of directors, who first approached Wesche, is thankful for the help. “The students have saved us time and money by volunteering their skills to our project, and we are very grateful.”