ACU students prepare to sponsor eighth consecutive Habitat house

For Immediate Release
Dec. 1, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Jamie Milstead, Media Relations Specialist
(915) 673-2620

Students at Abilene Christian University have donated more than $3,000 to fund the building of the eighth house for Habitat for Humanity on Palm Street.

For the past seven years, ACU students have sponsored a Habitat house. This includes providing the funding needed to build the house and the physical labor required. According to the Abilene chapter of Habitat for Humanity, ACU's eight consecutive Habitat houses is the best record for any university in the nation.

This year, members of ACU's Students' Association Habitat for Humanity committee are looking to raise $20,000 to sponsor ACU's eighth consecutive house

A faculty and staff fund-raiser is planned for January. The party will be free and consist of a nice meal and a faculty speaker. Dr. Mel Hailey, chair of the political science department, will challenge faculty and staff to encourage and support their students to participate in Habitat for Humanity.

Lisa Dickson, chair of the SA Habitat for Humanity committee, hopes the faculty will accept this challenge.

"This is the faculty's chance to teach ACU students that they can make a different in the lives of others wherever they are," Dickson said.

Another fund-raiser used to increase awareness of ACU's commitment to Habitat is the building of a brick house in the middle of the Campus Center. Paper bricks are sold for three dollars and individual names or the names of clubs and organizations on campus are written on the bricks. Bricks are sold until a model house is completely built, representing the Habitat house.

Spring fund-raising plans include members of the Habitat for Humanity committee and other SA officers sleeping outside on the lawn between the Campus Center and Moody Coliseum where students walk to Chapel each day. Students will have the opportunity to donate money for Habitat on their way to Chapel. Committee members also want this to be a money-matching program where money is donated for every hour they sleep outside.

In the past, participation in the actual building of the house has been small. Plans this year are for that to change.

One way to increase participation is to use competition. One competition will be to see which class, club and department has the most participation. Another competition will put faculty and staff against students to see who participates the most.

Site construction will begin Feb. 21, 2001, and the Habitat committee is planning a kick-off devotional on-site that evening.

The ACU Habitat house is one of three houses the Abilene chapter of Habitat for Humanity is building this spring.


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