Dozens of UCF fraternity men are giving up up their last few days of summer to help build a home in an area of New Orleans still recovering from Hurricane Katrina during a leadership conference in the Big Easy.

IFC President Kyle Schumacher was a driving force behind the idea. The group left early Sunday morning by bus.


Since they’ve left, the fraternity men have used Facebook to share details of how their community service trip is going. On Sunday morning, Schumacher shared how he felt on his Facebook status.


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“Leading 40 guys to New Orleans for IFC’s Building Leadership Conference. Let’s hope this is as good of idea as I envisioned,” he posted. By Monday Schumacher was posting mobile upload pictures of their volunteer work to facebook.

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The trip is expected to last through the later part of the week.

After the first day’s work of helping out victims from the area still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, Ryan Garrett posted his feelings online.

“I haven’t worked that hard in a long time,” Garrett wrote. “It’s definitely worth helping this nice older widow have a decent place to live though. Guest speaker in a couple of hours then back to work at 6 AM tomorrow.”

Students who went on the trip even paid part of their own way to make the trip possible. Nick Gurney, a fraternity member who also serves as the SGA Attorney General, apparently couldn’t contain his excitement.

“Nicholas Gurney Can’t wait to build houses for those affected by Katrina. Thanks IFC at UCF!” his Facebook status read.

Later, Gurney updated his Facebook friends by posting, “Just got to the United Saints headquarters. I can’t wait to work with and for the great people of New Orleans.” has learned the accommodations for this retreat are anything but luxurious. The hotel where the group is staying offers a free continental breakfast — meaning there won’t be an extra expense incurred for buying breakfast each morning. will continue to monitor Facebook to get pictures, comments and possibly videos of the volunteer work done by the members of the UCF Greek community, as well as interviews about their trip, when they’re able to be reached.

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