Creating the Future: Arcadia High School’s Habitat for Humanity Club

On April 22nd, 47 members of Arcadia High School’s Habitat for Humanity Club volunteered at the Desiderio Homes site in Pasadena to literally help create the future for San Gabriel Valley Habitat’s partner families.

Student volunteers were supported by Arcadia dignitaries Sho Tay, Mayor Pro Tem; Janet Chew, President, Arcadia Unified School District; Cung Nguyen, Board Member, Arcadia Unified School District; Catherine Merel, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Arcadia Unified School District; and Dr. David Vannasdall, Superintendent of Arcadia Unified School District.

Led by two-term Habitat for Humanity Club President Travis Chen, over 50 high school members engage in community service which includes volunteering with San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and Union Station. These future community leaders are committed to giving back to their community and building a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Club members were also hosts for San Gabriel Valley Habitat’s recent Women Build.

Chen remarked at the close of the lunch celebration on May 13th, “Assisting at the Women Build Day was a true pleasure and honor. Seeing so many community members from all around coming together to participate in this special day was heart-warming. It is my hope that all the volunteers continue to be advocates and ambassadors for the Habitat for Humanity Mission.” Travis Chen is a graduating senior at Arcadia High School. He will attend USC and will be studying in France in the fall.