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Habitat for Humanity houses families, gets students involved

Nov. 21, 1997

Baylor's Habitat for Humanity chapter will dedicate its first low-income house this Saturday -- a monumental occasion marking the 10th anniversary of the chapter's existence.

Approximately 50 Baylor students have been working on the house every Saturday and during the week in an effort to fulfill their new mission: 'Building Tomorrow -- Starting Today.' This national Habitat youth volunteer campaign aims to build 100 houses between November 1997 and November 1998.

With this kind of task in sight, more Baylor students are needed to accomplish this goal.

The campaign is a year-long task, not just two Saturdays of random community service. This is a project students can work on from foundation to finished product and take pride in a job well done and a family well served.

Volunteers learn the tricks of the trade, such as shingling and insulation installation, Lauren Richey, a Moore, Okla., junior said.

Habitat volunteers take advantage of the opportunity to work with other students and forget about classwork for an afternoon.

Volunteers are serving families that would not normally be able to obtain a loan to buy a house. Habitat for Humanity gives low-interest loans to families based on need, interest and ability to pay back the loan.

Families receiving housing work hand-in-hand with volunteers to contribute 'sweat equity' to completing their homes.

Baylor students are a part of the Waco community, not just passers-through. We should all be glad to lend a hand to our less-fortunate neighbors.

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