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Habitat Build at Moravian During Homecoming on October 23

Bethlehem, Pa., October 15, 2009—The Moravian College campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity will hold its third annual Homecoming build on Friday, October 23.  Beginning at 10:00 a.m., students, service organizations, alumni, and friends will work together to build interior and exterior wall sections for the Habitat for Humanity house. Construction will occur on the lawn next to Memorial Hall on Moravian’s Main Street Campus.

With the support of United Student Government (USG) funds and Habitat at Moravian’s largest supporter, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, our chapter is able to pay Lehigh Valley Habitat for the building supplies. Lehigh Valley Habitat will provide a site manager to work side-by-side with students.

On Saturday, students will assemble the entire frame to resemble a house. Chapter members will install a front door, then add a wreath—just in time to welcome parade goers as they pass the house. The frame pieces then will be loaded up and delivered to a Habitat for Humanity site in the Lehigh Valley.

“This event is meant to provide an opportunity for college students to be actively involved in civic engagement, helping provide stable home environments for disadvantaged children and families through the Habitat Home Building Program,” said Leni Johnson, coordinator of community service at Moravian College.

For students who participate in a habitat build, the experience can be transformative.  Kevin Yarzab ’10, Andover, N.J., who is now the Moravian Habitat for Humanity chapter president, got involved during his freshman year when a friend asked him to go on the habitat spring break trip to South Carolina. “I never had any habitat experience before but figured it would be a interesting way to spend my spring break, “ Kevin noted.  “I had an amazing time on the trip.  It was a very rewarding experience that made me realize how much I loved being able to help a family in need.  When we returned I decided to actively become part of our campus chapter.”

“Working side-by-side with the future homeowners on a habitat house is one of the most amazing experiences,” Yarzab said. “Talking to these families, hearing their stories, as you help build their future home leaves a wonderful feeling within yourself. As a volunteer, you know that you are part of this major event that will certainly change the person’s life for the better.”

Moravian alumni and friends are welcome to participate in the Habitat build; please register for all Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities online.  For more information about the Habitat build, please contact Leni Johnson at lenijohnson@moravian.edu.

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. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.