Eat chicken, help Campus Habitat for Humanity

“Everyone has to eat-why not help a worthwhile cause in the process? The University of Akron’s Campus Habitat for Humanity will be having a fundraiser at the Chick-Fil-A on Howe Avenue March 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please come out and support us, Campus Habitat Secretary Kelly Brown said.”

Everyone has to eat-why not help a worthwhile cause in the process?

The University of Akron’s Campus Habitat for Humanity will be having a fundraiser at the Chick-Fil-A on Howe Avenue March 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please come out and support us, Campus Habitat Secretary Kelly Brown said. All you have to do is eat.

The event will raise money for future projects, as well as help members reach a goal of 5,000-the combined amount of hours worked and dollars raised.

We are currently at 3,844.41 dollars and hours, Campus Habitat President Andy Simpson said. The proceeds from that night will help us get closer to the 5,000 dollars/hours goal.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the organization, while the remaining profits will go to the Summit County branch of Habitat for Humanity.

Brown, a speech pathology major, decided to join the organization after hearing about it at last year’s Sophomore Honors Seminar.

I love volunteering and having the opportunity to do hands-on projects as well was very exciting to me, Brown explained.

The organization meets every other Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in Student Union Room 310. No experience is required to join. Interested students can attend a meeting and sign up with an e-mail address.

We use this e-mail address to send out meeting minutes and to let you know about upcoming volunteer activities and opportunities to work with Habitat affiliates, Simpson said.

Events and meetings are held throughout the year. Building activities primarily take place in the fall, while fundraising and advocacy is more popular during the spring.

The club also has workdays throughout the summer, as well as a trip to help a Habitat affiliate somewhere in the country during winter break.

The past three years we’ve gone to the Gulf Coast, whose cities are still recovering from the hurricanes, Simpson said.

Brown shared her favorite memory from the organization’s trip this past winter to Mobile, Ala.

We spent one day working at a house putting the roof on and various other tasks, Brown said. One of the worksite coordinators I spoke to told us that the entire neighborhood we were in was Habitat homes and that he had worked on every single one of them.

I can’t imagine having such a rewarding job and the chance to work with so many different families.

In addition to working with different families, Simpson added that the club is also a great way to meet new people, have fun, learn useful skills and help people in need.

Brown echoes this statement, and said her favorite part about CHFH is the feeling she gets after she has been a part of an activity the club organized-just knowing that she helped in some way.

Brown said the club is a wonderful experience, and advises students to attend a meeting, even if they are still unsure about joining, just to find out a little more about the organization.

You don’t have to have prior building experience either, Brown reiterated. Volunteers are great with teaching you how to do new things.

Besides the fundraiser, the organization also has an upcoming event known as the Habitat Olympics on March 30 at 7 p.m. Teams of five will compete in events with a Habitat theme-tasks done on construction sites, as well as some fun brainteasers, Simpson said.

The event costs $20 and will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Summit County.

CHFH also routinely organizes volunteer work, and holds advocacy and awareness events about the organization and poverty housing.

By assisting on work sites and in various financial matters, the organization works to eliminate substandard housing.

For more information, contact CHFH at habitat@zips.uakron.edu.