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Students raise $35,000, begin building a house for local family

October 12, 2015 : Liberty University News Service

Students from Liberty University's Habitat for Humanity club work to build a house for a local family.

Alison Pettit (front center), Liberty's Habitat for Humanity club faculty advisor, volunteers with students.

While many Liberty University students enjoyed a restful Fall Break last week, over 50 students from Liberty’s Habitat for Humanity club voluntarily gave up their time off to begin building a house for a local family.

Through various fundraisers, students have raised $35,000 of the $60,000 that is needed to buy the construction supplies for the house. Last weekend, students began framing work for the home. They will continue work on the weekends to build the entire house, which is expected to be complete by March 2016.

Habitat for Humanity has selected an area family from a pool of applicants with housing needs to move in once the house is built. The chosen applicants have to make a down payment on the home, take financial education classes, and complete “sweat equity” hours by working on their own house as well another Habitat for Humanity house. The homeowners will purchase the house directly from Habitat for Humanity.

Alison Pettit, Liberty’s Habitat for Humanity club faculty advisor and assistant professor in Liberty’s College of General Studies, said that this project is a great way to teach students to give back and serve others. 

“Giving back to others is so important because as Christians, we should help others in need,” she said. “Most of us have been blessed in so many ways, and it is a great feeling to be a blessing to others.”

Kelly Clark, a senior studying advertising and public relations, volunteered during Friday’s build.  

“I love being able to give back to the community, especially with this project because we have been working to raise funds for a while,” she said. “I have become really invested in it, so being able to start the build this past weekend was really awesome to see and be a part of.”

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