CSU, Chico News

Construction Management Students Seeking 2012 Community Service Project

Date: 06-02-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
David Shirah
Department of Construction Management

Students from the California State University, Chico College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management and a board of community advisors invites community organizations to submit community service projects for their 2012 Winter Break Project.

CSU, Chico students have established a Winter Break tradition of giving, spending months organizing and preparing for a week of service to the community during the last week of Winter Break in January. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, these projects were dedicated to the clearing of debris and the rebuilding of homes in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During 2008’s pilgrimage to New Orleans, 117 students rebuilt 14 homes.

In 2009, students brought the project home to Chico and responded to the needs of the fire survivors in the community of Concow devastated by firestorms during the summer of 2008. Winter Breaks in 2010 and 2011 galvanized the Chico community as students constructed four transitional houses for Catalyst, which serves victims of domestic violence. Two houses were constructed in nine days during each Winter Break.

The students are inviting community organizations to submit applications.


  1. Eligible not-for-profit organizations are those classified as charitable, educational or cultural.
  2. Funding for tools, equipment, materials and project supportive services can be included in the applicant’s project request. Fundraising requirements for project needs may be a deterrent to project selection, depending on the magnitude of requested funding.
  3. All requests will be considered.
  4. Applicants must complete the attached CSU, Chico ECC Application for Community Service Projects form. Be clear and specific in the application. E-mail the completed form to dshirah@csuchico.edu.
  5. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2011.
  6. Winter Break 2012 project selection will be made on or before August 19, 2011. The time between the application submission deadline and selection date is provided to allow for time to visit sites and provide for additional review if necessary.

For additional information, contact one of the Department of Construction Management advisors, either Professor Jim O’Bannon, 530-895-1300 or jim@rhainc.com; or Professor David Shirah, 530-682-0353 or dshirah@csuchico.edu