Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Helping Hand: Rebuilding Together

Anuj was involved in a number of volunteer causes that were very important to him. One such group that he had recently become involved with is Rebuilding Together, the national organization that revitalizes houses and communities, assuring that low-income citizens live in warmth, safety, and independence. Anuj's work was with the Philadelphia affiliate. An example of his efforts is described by one of his Wharton classmates:

"My memories of Anuj will include his sense of humor and caring personality. He volunteered to help one day at Rebuilding Together to help fix up our cohort’s house even though he had been having back problems. I told him that he wouldn’t have to carry anything and could help out however he could. Anuj ended up coming out to help on a horrible day, showing up at my apartment completely drenched from the pouring rain.

Once we arrived at the house, he was eager to help out in anyway he could. Anuj actively looked for things to do and before I knew it he’d have another project completed and would be asking me what to do next. I have a picture of him pulling down rotten drywall. It seemed like everything was falling out of that ceiling, including a mouse that had probably been up there for years. Anuj just laughed, got the trash, cleaned the mess up, and got back to ripping it down, before replacing it. I really wish I’d had more time to get to know him and I’ll regret not having spent more time hanging out with him. But I’m thankful for all the time I did get to spend with him and will miss seeing him walk down the halls with that big smile on his face. You will not be forgotten, Anuj."

- Stephen

Click here to learn more about Rebuilding Together.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That’s true you will never be forgotten Anooooooooo......j
You will live in our hearts forever.
We miss you a lot.

-Mom

10:28 PM  

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