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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Extreme Home Makeover--in Baltimore

As a graduate of CND, I received this email this morning about the upcoming Home Makeover event. Contact the college if you can volunteer.

Dear Notre Dame Graduates and Friends:

By now, many of you have seen that ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has selected Boys Hope Girls Hope Baltimore (BHGH) as their latest construction project (construction started yesterday morning, Saturday, July 10 and will continue through the big reveal on Friday, July 16).

Boys Hope Girls Hope is an international organization founded in 1977 and now has 40 homes in 16 U.S. cities and 4 Latin American countries. BHGH helps academically gifted and motivated at-risk children meet their full potential by providing values-centered, family-like homes and education through college. (For more information about the program visit

What you may not know is that College of Notre Dame has been privileged to be partnered with this outstanding organization since its founding in Baltimore in 2002 as a residential program for 6 boys. Over the 8 years, our faculty, staff and students have volunteered at the Boys Home, delivered gifts at Christmas, provided summer job opportunities for the young men and offered support in many other ways.

We've always dreamed of the day when a Girls Home would be built! Earlier this year, the Baltimore program began offering non-residential support to girls selected as BHGH scholars and a site was secured to build the home for the girls. On Friday, ABC announced that the Extreme Makeover team will be in Baltimore to build their dream home!

As the Women's College in Maryland, Notre Dame is proud to partner with Boys Hope Girls Hope on this spectacular project - and many in the Notre Dame community have already signed on to help as volunteers. Here is where we need you - the build continues in shifts through Thursday, July 15 and volunteers are needed to help with the construction of the home (painting, carpentry, electrical work, etc.) and in support areas for food service and clean up.

For more information or to volunteer, visit When you sign up, please mention Notre Dame in the comments field.

On the website, you will notice that the team is also looking for donations of books, electronics and other items that will make this new house a home for these young women. A full listing is provided.

As we learn more information about the airing this fall and have updates regarding the activity surrounding the construction this week, we'll keep you informed. We are thrilled to make this dream a reality for the seven remarkable young women of Boys Hope Girls Hope.

Whether you are able to volunteer, donate or simply spread the word, thank you for your support as College of Notre Dame of Maryland helps to create an environment of learning and encouragement for this new generation of women scholars.


Mary Pat Seurkamp

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