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Santa Clara alumni join staff, faculty, and students to repair houses in East San Jose this weekend

Friday, Apr. 19, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - April 19, 2002 - Alumni, faculty, staff, and students at Santa Clara University will be helping out at two East San Jose families on Saturday, April 20, part of the University's Alumni for Others service project called, "Rebuilding Together."

About 30 alumni and friends will be remodeling one house, in cooperation with a local non-profit group, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley.

A similar-sized group of alumni and SCU students will be painting the interior of another site, a residential apartment complex for at-risk youths/young adults.

Both sites are located in East San Jose. The house remodeling site is at 14155 Candler Avenue. The painting project is at Teen Challenge, located at 444 N. 26th Street. The crews will be working all day, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Since September, more than 600 SCU alumni and friends have participated in and supported various Alumni for Others community service projects sponsored by SCU Alumni Association. Projects to assist schools, churches, and non-profit agencies have been completed in Oakland/East Bay, Peninsula, San Jose, and Los Angeles. Remaining projects are scheduled for Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Sacramento, and Denver.

The SCU alumni community service projects have included the following: tutoring over 300 inner-city children; painting/remodeling more than 40 dwellings of low-income individuals and families as well as schools and non-profit agencies; furnishing 24 units (and holding special parties) at a shelter for abused women and children; giving holiday gift cards to over 75 shelter families and at-risk teens in transitional housing; volunteering to assist approximately 350 Special Olympics athletes at a basketball tournament; supporting Jesuit Nativity schools with special events, and conducting a book drive to benefit an inner-city elementary/middle school with 200 students.

For more information, see http://www.scu.edu/alumni/forothers/events.html.

To schedule interviews at the work sites, call Barry Holtzclaw, media relations, 408-554-5126. For more background on alumni community service projects, contact Bro. Jim Siwicki, S.J., Alumni Relations, 408-554-5004, or email jsiwicki@scu.edu.

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About the SCU Alumni Association

Established in 1881, the Santa Clara University Alumni Association was the first official alumni organization west of the Mississippi. Membership is free and automatic to the more than 60,000 alumni from the undergraduate and graduate programs at SCU.

The Alumni Association provides unique programs to all SCU alumni, such as an online community, chapter meetings and programs around the country, career networking, scholarships, new student recruitment and an alumni credit card.

For more information about the SCU Alumni Association and its programs and services, see www.scu.edu/alum.

About Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, formerly known as Christmas in April, was founded in 1991. Its mission is to improve the warmth, safety, and independence of low-income homeowners. The organization also repairs non-profit facilities so they are better able to serve the community. This year, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley will be improving the homes of 19 homeowners and six non-profit facilities within Greater San Jose.

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together USA. There are 240 affiliates in the United States working in approximately 865 cities and towns.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 7,400 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.

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