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Students stand with homeowners outside a Houston residence damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Penn State students spend break renovating Texas homes damaged by hurricane

More than 100 students from six Penn State campuses spent spring break in Texas, cleaning out homes that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. "It's easy to repair a house," one said. "It's not as easy to put a home back together."
Helen Mendenhall, center, stands with Patrick Kress, left, and Alex Laffey during Penn State Behrend's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Oakland last semester.

Penn State Behrend student relishes opportunity to give back during service trip

Service and volunteering have always been a big part of the Helen Mendenhall’s life. Those interests helped her quickly find her niche when she enrolled at Penn State Behrend this past fall.