LSU Sororities and Fraternities Kick Off Greek Week 2019 with Habitat for Humanity of Great Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, in partnership with LSU Greek Life, began construction on two new homes on Saturday, March 23. More than 1,500 members of LSU sororities and fraternities are scheduled to work alongside two partner families, completing construction of their future homes within the week.
The LSU Greek Week 2019 homes are being built at 849 and 859 N. Acadian Thruway. The LSU Greek community has raised nearly $2 million and built 26 homes with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge since their partnership began in 2004.
Two new homes will be built in one week for the Williams and Richard families. Cherika Williams and her three children will be the neighbors of Patricia Richard and her grandson. Both families are excited and grateful to build alongside the Greek volunteers. Patricia would like to tell the Greek Community, “I’m especially grateful and find it astounding that college students are willing to give up their free time to help me.”
The homes are being built in a one-week blitz build as part of LSU Greek Week 2019. The LSU Greek Week Build was the first in the U.S. to partner a major university’s entire Greek (fraternity and sorority) community with a Habitat affiliate. Over 15 years ago, the leaders in the LSU Greek community decided that Greek Week should unite the community through a group service project. The success from this program has led the LSU Greek Community to financially sponsor and build 26 homes.
Since the first Greek Week Build in 2004, more than 15,000 LSU fraternity and sorority members have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, donating 49,000 hours of service. The young adults work alongside the homeowner-partners to build the houses, learning firsthand about poverty, its effects, and the need for affordable housing. Overall, LSU Greek Life has helped 34 adults and 59 children find a safe, stable place to live.
The LSU Greek Week Committee promotes the Greek Week Build within the community throughout the year. They begin organizing fundraising efforts in the fall semester, with students from the sororities and fraternities engaging in a letter writing campaign to raise money for the Greek Week homes. The students mail about 20,000 solicitation letters, and every year the Greek students set their fundraising goal to raise $150,000 to build two homes. The committee also coordinates Greek Week, dealing with the annual challenge of recruiting, feeding and transporting more than 1,500 students. They recruit the students to volunteer on the build, as well as arrange for buses to transport the students to and from the build site. Additionally, the committee arranges for three meals a day to be donated for the volunteers. The students sign up for volunteer shifts to participate in the construction of the homes. There are three volunteer shifts per day of up to 60 volunteers per shift. In total, more than 1,500 students work alongside the Habitat homeowner-partners during the one week build.
These two homes will be the 27th and 28th Habitat homes members of LSU Greek Life have funded and built since 2004. In addition to the funds raised through the letter writing campaign, the Greeks were also awarded a grant from William Edwin Montan Charitable Trust.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Habitat of Greater Baton Rouge was founded in 1989 and has built and renovated 353 homes in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Volunteers interested in helping with Habitat for Humanity projects or offering donations can call us at 927-6651 or visit www.habitatBR.org. Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity housing lender.
Contact Lynn Clark
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge
927-6651, Ext. 217
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