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LSU Greek Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity Partner for Greek Week

More than $100,000 raised for annual event

03/12/2012 11:02 AM

BATON ROUGE – On Saturday, March 17, the LSU Greek Board of Directors and the Greek community will once again partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge for an eight-day blitz build of two homes on Longwood View Avenue for deserving families in the Baton Rouge area during Greek Week.

 

Since 2004, the Greek community has raised around $900,000 for Habitat for Humanity through its annual letter-writing parties. Members of Greek organizations address letters to friends and family requesting donations for Habitat. This year, the Greek Board of Directors set a goal to raise $130,000. More than $100,000 has already been raised. Donations can also be made online through the LSU Greek Life website. Last year, the Greek community raised more than $180,000.

 

LSU fraternity and sorority men and women are signing up for shifts for the eight-day build online at http://www.greeks.lsu.edu/greek-week. There are three shifts each day: 8 a.m. to noon, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Greek volunteers will be working with a volunteer construction team to build the house structure and landscape. In 2011, more than 1,000 members of the Greek community signed up to volunteer their time during Greek Week.

 

“I'm so excited for this year’s Greek Week,” said GBOD Greek Week Director Meredith Schiro. “It’s become a tradition in which we as an entire Greek community are able to give back to the greater community. Building these houses is a way of coming together to make an actual, physical difference for the lives of two families. This event every year has come to mean a lot to us as Greeks, but even more to those families we are helping.”

 

This year, the two homes built by the Greek community will relieve these two families of the cost burden of their current living situation and provide a safe outdoor environment for their children.

 

For more information about Greek Week or the Greek Board of Directors, contact GBOD Public Relations Director Sarah Lichterman at slicht1@tigers.lsu.edu or 901-482-2172 or visit http://greeks.lsu.edu/.

 

About Greek Board of Directors
The Greek Board of Directors is established for the expressed purpose of ensuring the welfare and continued growth and development of the Greek community and to promote Greek activities for the benefit and enhancement of the Greek community at LSU.

 

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge is a non-profit, Christian-based housing ministry that works in partnership with deserving, low-income families and the community to eliminate poverty housing through building simple, decent homes. The organization helps build community by involving diverse religious, social and business groups in the construction of homes and neighborhoods. In its 21-year history, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has renovated and built more than 260 homes.

 

For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, visit http://www.habitatbr.org/.

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