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Dartmouth volunteers join ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover" crew

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/29/09 • Media Contact: Steve Smith (603) 646-3661

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Extreme Makeover
Dartmouth volunteers join ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover" crew

Beginning today, more than 70 Dartmouth students will partner with Upper Valley non-profit organizations and other volunteers to help "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" build a house for the Marshall family of Lyme, New Hampshire.

Dartmouth students were encouraged to participate by Dartmouth's William Jewett Tucker Foundation, an organization founded in 1951 that provides students with opportunities for community service and spiritual exploration.

According to The Boston Globe, Jay and Elena Marshall have eight children ranging in age from 3 to 17. Their 10-year-old son Cameron has leukemia, and their home is causing problems with his treatment.

Cameron is being treated at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In 2008, "Cameron's Run," a 1-mile run linked to the CHaD Half-Marathon, was established in honor of Cameron. The run serves as a major fundraiser for the hospital. Learn about Cameron's story at the CHaD website

The work on the Marshall home continues through Sunday night, and the family is expected to move back in on Monday, October 5. The show will be broadcast on ABC in November.

Last year over 1400 students contributed more than 31,000 hours of service locally through the Tucker Foundation. Students contributed another 40,000 hours in national and international service projects.

"Dartmouth students are eager to reach out to the community, now more than ever because of the commitment they see from President Jim Yong Kim to service," says Helen Damon-Moore, director of Service and Education at the Tucker Foundation. "They are excited to have the opportunity to make a huge difference to a family right here in the Upper Valley."

A team of Dartmouth volunteers get ready to board the bus that will take them to the work site on the morning of Sept. 29. Left to right: Sabrina Jimenez-Pantoja, Class of 2013; Katia Rivadeneyra, partner of a Tuck student; Nuria Gutierrez, partner of a Tuck student; Mae Abdelrahman, Class of 2013; Marisa Miller, Masters of Liberal Arts student; Erica Heilman, Dartmouth Medical School student; and Holly Schroeder, Dartmouth Medical School student. "I think the show is a great use of television," says Schroeder. "It brings the community together and provides significant help to families who need it." (Photo by Steve Smith.)

Tucker student volunteers and staff work with a number of the organizations partnering with the Extreme Makeover project, including COVER, Habitat for Humanity, Vital Communities, the United Way, and the Upper Valley Housing Coalition.

This year the Dartmouth chapter of Habitat for Humanity will build its first environmentally sustainable Habitat house in collaboration with Karol Kawiaka, senior lecturer in Studio Art.

In addition to assisting with housing projects in the Upper Valley, Tucker's student volunteers and staff tutor students in classrooms, serve as big brothers and big sisters, prepare and eat meals with community members, volunteer in a prison, assist the elderly, and organize Special Olympics events.

The Big Green Bus, Dartmouth's vehicle used by students to educate about sustainability and the environment, will be used to transport volunteers today.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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