During quarantine, MBS rising senior Mikail Patankar ’21 began volunteering at Habitat for Humanity in Randolph as a way to help his local community. This summer, the service work became even more fun and rewarding as he was joined by several of his classmates including Anthony Bernardo ’21, Aneel Kahlon ’21, Tristan Long ’21, Andrew Wohlbruck ’21, and Thomas Wohlbruck ’21.
“I hadn't seen my friends in a while, and as I was working one day a couple weeks ago, I had the idea to bring them in for a day to help out,” said Patankar. “On Mondays, the store is closed to customers, and there aren’t a lot of volunteers. So I thought it would be cool to bring in some of my buddies to help out in the warehouse; it’s always busy in there.”
Patankar has gathered a group of friends twice to volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Randolph, which sells new and gently-used supplies and furnishings. Profits from the ReStore support Morris Habitat and help build homes in the community.
The group of MBS students helped build beds and move furniture onto the showroom floor, including sofas and dressers.
“It was a pretty rewarding experience; it’s active community service, and you know that the work you are doing is actually benefiting the community around you,” said Patankar. “Plus it was fun to hang out with my friends again after not seeing them for quite a while!”
To learn more about the Morris ReStore, visit www.morrisrestore.org.