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KU students provide labor in exchange for Habitat for Humanity donations

November 20, 2011

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Stefanie Carnahan, Kansas University freshman from Beckemeyer, Ill., rakes leaves at a central Lawrence home to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Students from the Habitat campus chapter volunteered for odd jobs in the Lawrence community Saturday in exchange for donations to Habitat. In the past the student program "Hire-A-Habitat" has raised more than $4,000 toward helping the local Habitat for Humanity.

Stefanie Carnahan, Kansas University freshman from Beckemeyer, Ill., rakes leaves at a central Lawrence home to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Students from the Habitat campus chapter volunteered for odd jobs in the Lawrence community Saturday in exchange for donations to Habitat. In the past the student program "Hire-A-Habitat" has raised more than $4,000 toward helping the local Habitat for Humanity.

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It’s a good organization and the KU chapter makes it really easy to get involved — everything’s online.

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A group of 22 Kansas University students were “for hire” on Saturday. No, it’s not what you may be thinking — some recent grads looking for company work.

Instead, this was a group of volunteers involved with Habitat for Humanity who participated in the annual event to lend out a few hours of yard work in exchange for donations to group’s ongoing projects to help build better low-income housing.

Vicky Heather hired the Habitat kids to rake leaves around her west Lawrence home. She said the program helped everybody involved because she couldn’t manage to complete the work by herself

“I thought that this would be a good way to help a cause, and I’m pretty proud of KU students volunteering their time like that,” she said.

Joel Rosenberger, a KU freshman who volunteered his Saturday morning at Heather’s house, said, too, that the “for-hire” model gave each party involved something in return and that he’s excited to be a part of a build day on a Habitat house later this spring.

KU chapter president Brittany Krutty, a junior studying physics, said that the group works closely with the Lawrence Habitat for Humanity group to work toward the national organization’s goal to “eliminate substandard housing.”

The event raised about $1,150 in all, Krutty said Saturday evening.

She got involved with group, which has a lot of architecture majors but isn’t exclusive to folks with construction experience or know-how, as a freshman because she needed community service hours as a scholarship requirement.

“But after that, I just fell in love with it,” she said.

Comments

chocolateplease 3 years, 2 months ago

Very impressive young people!

I hope they decide to do this in the spring, too. If they do, and they publicize it ahead of time, I bet they can raise quite a large sum while helping people get their gardens started, etc.

TriSigmaKS 3 years, 2 months ago

They sure are doing a Spring one, dates are not chosen yet. They also do a snow shoveling program. I'll pass on for more advertisement. We try to do at Habitat, but you can always check out KU Habitat's website at www.kuhabitat.org
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