Laying the Foundation for Servant Leadership

August 1, 2007
Baylor University's Habitat for Humanity chapter will mark its 20th anniversary with Project Build Hope, a venture that will bring together Baylor freshmen on a project like few before. The class of 2011 will start its Baylor experience together by framing out a Habitat house on campus during Welcome Week.
"The desire to do something good pulls everyone together in Baylor Habitat," said Baylor Habitat for Humanity President Sonya Maness, a Houston senior. "Our volunteers have school, jobs, family and friends--and a passion to do good works. I look forward to letting freshmen know what Habitat is about."
Baylor Habitat was the first university chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The class of 2011 will be a crucial part of the first house the organization has fully sponsored. To fund the building of the home, the members and officers of Baylor Habitat for Humanity have been campaigning for a year, applying for grants and approaching Baylor students, faculty, staff and parents, as well as individuals and businesses in the community for monetary support.
"To whom much is given, much is expected. These students have the privilege and honor to attend a great university like Baylor and that comes with a degree of responsibility to give something back," said Karin Klinger, assistant director of student activities for student organization development. "I hope that the incoming class will see the dedication and commitment that Baylor has to positively impact our local community. I hope they will take ownership in this house and see that it is something they have poured themselves into and that a local family will never be the same because of their effort. I want to see this project take some significant strides in helping us connect better with the local community."
Though the house will be moved to its permanent site after Welcome Week, Baylor Habitat for Humanity hopes that the freshmen, as well as the rest of the Baylor family, will get involved in building this Baylor-sponsored home, scheduled to be completed in November.
"Project Build Hope is a great opportunity for Baylor students to develop as servant leaders," said Dub Oliver, vice president for student life. "With alumni support, we can unite the campus in service and enhance a Habitat for Humanity homeowner's life."
For more information or to support this project, please contact Cathy Pleitz, director of development for Student Life, at (254) 710-8500, or Cathy_Pleitz@baylor.edu. Visit www.baylor.edu/student_life/buildhope for more information.
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