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Bethlehem, Pa., October 18, 2007—After more than a year of planning, the Moravian College Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will frame the walls of a Habitat house on campus during the first local Homecoming Build. Teams of students will work in 2 hour shifts to build the outside frame and as many inside walls as possible. The framing will be completed in a one day build on Friday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, October 20 the project will be assembled and displayed during the homecoming parade from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After the parade, the framed house will be shipped to a permanent building site in Bethlehem for a local family.
The Moravian College Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley and co-sponsored by Enterprise Car Rental will tackle this unique homecoming event on campus near Monocacy and Locust streets near the Haupert Union Building.
“This event is meant to provide an opportunity for college students, alumni and faculty to be actively involved in civic engagement, helping provide stable home environments for disadvantaged children and families through the Habitat Home Building Program,” said Phyllis Walsh, community service coordinator at Moravian College.
For the past several years, Moravian College students have worked on Habitat building projects, donating their time on weekends throughout the year. Each year, large groups of students have traveled on their spring break to the southern United States to participate in a concentrated building program with Habitat International called Collegiate Challenge. “During one of these long road trips, the conversation turned to ‘let’s build a house on our campus for Habitat, ’”Walsh explained. Following extended conversations with Chris Bennick, Executive Director of Habitat of the Lehigh Valley, and his staff , along with staff at the College, the plan began to take shape. “Habitat of the Lehigh Valley has been a source of support and guidance since the initial idea was presented to them in April 2006,” she continued.
“After a year of fundraising, that included athletes carrying luggage on move-in day, selling chocolate and bird feeders, and soliciting donations from our corporate partner, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, faculty, staff, alumni and students—the actual hammering is about to begin,” Walsh noted. “Once the framing is complete, the pieces will be stored until the foundation is ready to provide the base for this new 3 bedroom home. As it will be a local home, the Moravian students can continue to work toward completion of the home that they started.”
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information, visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.