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This school year marks a very busy and changing time for Habitat for Humanity at Emmanuel College. EC Habitat is now partnered with the Greater Boston Affiliate office, making it an official chartered campus chapter. This allows for EC Habitat access to grant funding as well as the opportunity to work with other campus chapters such as those at Harvard, MIT, BU, and Wellesley.
EC Habitat has put in a lot of effort to become an official chartered campus chapter. The group had their first spring break trip in Spring 2015 in which they visited Taos, New Mexico as a part of the National Collegiate Challenge. The students stayed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and worked on restoring the home of a family in need for four days. This year they will be traveling to Woodland Park, Colorado through the same program.
Some of the beautiful sights we got to see in Taos! pic.twitter.com/5GMfSCRoFO
— EC Habitat (@echabitat) March 15, 2015
— EC Habitat (@echabitat) October 15, 2015
EC Habitat also has two new initiative programs. The first committee will focus on aspects of communication to advocate for Habitat for Humanity. This will include demonstrations, fundraisers, and speakers. The second committee is assigned to use design, such as advertisements, to promote and increase awareness of Habitat for Humanity.
The organization also has several upcoming events. The Charity Pool Event and Charity Pancake Night took place November 20th to raise funds for the H4HI Tithe, which works to end homelessness. It was $10 per team to participate in the pool tournament and the winner received a $100 prize.
Whose excited for PANCAKE NIGHT? She is!
Tweet us your order. We have chocolate chips and maple syrup! We deliver! pic.twitter.com/nnl40LQX7C
— EC Habitat (@echabitat) November 21, 2015
According to EC Habitat president Keith Baillargeon ‘16, the group is also planning an event called “Project Playhouse” in collaboration with EC Support our Troops. The two organizations will be working together to build playhouses for Veteran families. This event will take place in the Spring 2016 Spring Break Trip.
This spring will also involve several Boston build opportunities as well as building technique and tool tutorials to better equip the EC community for building projects.