CSU Students Building Their First Habitat House

COLUMBUS --- Columbus State University is partnering with the community to build the first CSU Habitat for Humanity House.

Habitat selected a single mother, Marcia Boyd, and her three daughters (ages 12, 14, and 16) as the partner family for the house, which will be built at 931 Winston Road. Before she can become the owner of the first CSU Habitat house, Boyd, a nursing assistant at Hamilton House Nursing Home, has to put in a significant amount of work on this house and other Habitat houses.

Students in CSUs Servant Leadership program are spearheading the project and have been working for months to raise the necessary $25,000 to start a Habitat house.

Were just delighted to be at this point, said Mary Sue Polleys, director of CSUs Servant Leadership Program. The students have learned so much from working together on this with the whole campus and community,

To reach their goal, students are making a Friendship Quilt. Individual names are placed on the quilt for a $10 donation, and groups are sponsoring squares on the quilt for $250. Community groups and private residents have helped. Some have made contributions in memory or honor of a loved one, and businesses have sponsored squares. Groups on campus have raised money through popcorn, hot chocolate, and bake sales and through the One From Everyone campaign. 'One From Everyone' means $1 from every student, staff, and faculty member---an amount that will easily put the campaign over the top. To date, 90 percent of the money has been contributed or pledged.

Building of the house will take place over the next nine Saturdays. Organizers hope to have the CSU Habitat house finished in March when nine other houses in Benning Park will be built by other college students during the Collegiate Challenge.

Volunteers are encouraged to help. Work sessions run from 8:30 until noon and 12:30 until 4 p.m. Individuals, families, and organizations are invited and encouraged to participate. Volunteers can sign up to help at www.CSUHabitatHouse.com.

For more information, contact Thomas Hill, a student in the Servant Leadership Program at 229-649-3424 or by e-mail at omahabeach@hotmail.com or Mary Sue Polleys, director of the Servant Leadership Program at 706-565-3655.