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SU/ESF Habitat for Humanity honored as one of top campus chapters of 2010

September 01, 2010

Carol Kim Masiclat
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The Syracuse University/SUNY-ESF chapter of Habitat for Humanity International was recently named one of the organization’s top three campus chapters, earning honorable mention for the 2010 Habitat for Humanity International Campus Chapter of the Year.

habitatThe SU/ESF chapter was selected for the honor based on its annual house sponsorship, the creation of an affordable housing class through the public affairs program and commitment to Habitat’s mission to provide simple, decent and affordable homes for those who lack adequate shelter.

“This honor is really attributed to hundreds of Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students and faculty who bring their unique skills to the table and work together in support of affordable housing,” says Paul Stanley, co-executive director of the chapter. “We are thrilled with this recognition and we welcome anyone to become involved.”

Since 1991, the chapter has worked with students and the Syracuse city Habitat affiliate to eliminate the problem of sub-standard housing in the community. SU/ESF has also traveled across the country to contribute to building sites in states such as Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana.

During the 2009-10 school year, the SU/ESF chapter constructed a home  for Sukema Cook and her son, Nicholas, on Elliot Street in the city’s Near Westside neighborhood with the help of the Syracuse city Habitat affiliate. The students raised $60,000 and dedicated time each weekend between September and May to construction. For more information on the project, click here.

This month, the chapter plans to break ground on a home build on Gifford Street, also located in the city’s Near Westside neighborhood. This will be the fourth home completely constructed by the campus chapter, and all faculty and students are encouraged to help raise funds and volunteer on the build site; a family for the home will be chosen this fall. This year, the chapter plans to send 150 students and faculty to locations in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and West Virginia as part of the chapter’s annual alternative winter and spring break trips tradition.

Next month, the chapter will be honored at the 2010 Youth Leadership Conference, which will be held Oct. 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio, where it will receive the award. In addition, State Farm will present a $1,000 grant the chapter may use for a Collegiate Challenge Trip.

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