Nicole Parisi '24 Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity
Michelle H. Daino
For the second year in a row, Nicole Parisi '24 participated in a Habitat for Humanity building project in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia.
During her weeklong trip, which was sponsored by her youth group at First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, she worked on three different houses. While working on the trip, Nicole, a South Plainfield resident, got a chance to build and put up a roof on a house, caulked and spackled windows, helped build a shed, nailed up drywall and went "PLAWKING" (picking up litter while walking). Nicole honed her construction skills by using various equipment regularly including a chop saw, circular saw, drill, nail gun, and a cap hammer. During the trip Nicole got to work side by side with the homeowner of the one of the homes, named Serena.
Nicole said, “It was so nice meeting and working with Serena. I was able to learn more about her and her 10-year-old daughter and their dreams of home ownership. It was great to know that soon they would have a safe, new home of their own to live and grow up in thanks, in part, to the work we did. I find this experience so rewarding and I can’t wait to go on the Habitat Trip again next summer.”
Nicole is an active member in the Mount Saint Mary Academy community where she is President of ASL (American Sign Language) Club and is on the leadership team in HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Club. She is also a member of the Cross-Country team and is involved with Band, Chorale, GraceNotes, and Drama Club.