by Natalie Yuhas
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds simple, decent, and affordable houses for people in need. Through volunteers and donations, Habitat for Humanity is able to provide these new houses and also repair houses for low-income families on a local, national, and global level. They have 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and 70 national organizations.
The mission of Habitat for Humanity states: “We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and
teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be ‘hands and feet’ of that love and grace in our world.”
Boston College has an official Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter and strives to advance the mission of being Jesus’ hands and feet on earth through 4 different goals: to volunteer, to advocate, to educate, and to fundraise. The group builds simple, decent, and affordable houses around the Greater Boston area, as well as advocates for people experiencing homelessness and people who do not have access to affordable housing. On campus, the group seeks to educate the Boston College community on Habitat for Humanity’s mission and ministries, which align BC’s Jesuit identity of being “men and women for others.” Along with advocating, the Boston College chapter of Habitat for Humanity works to raise money for their building projects. Without donations and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity would be unable to do their great work.
Past events Boston College Habitat for Humanity has done include group builds, Ultimate Frisbee tournaments, and participating in the annual Act Speak Build Week.
If you are interested in volunteering for BC Habitat foe Humanity or would like further information, please visit: http://www.bc.edu/offices/ministry/socialjustice/BCChapter_HabitatForHumanity.html or stop by Campus Ministry.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity, please visit http://www.habitat.org.