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Juniata Club Receives Habitat for Humanity Award

(Posted December 20, 2000)

The Juniata College chapter of Habitat for Humanity recently received the Campus Chapter Innovative Program Award at the group?s Northeast Regional Habitat for Humanity Conference held in Philadelphia.

The award recognized a Juniata outreach project in which teams of club members made presentations to Huntingdon-area churches to attract new volunteers into the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Huntingdon. The presentations attracted more than a dozen new volunteers into the affiliate.

The 21-member Juniata delegation also was recognized for sending the largest number of students to the conference.

Habitat for Humanity is the largest club at Juniata. Its 140 members comprise about 10 percent of the student body. The club is supported through such fund-raisers as Hire-a-Habitator, where club members hire themselves out for do-it-yourself projects for $5 an hour, and Shack-a-Thon, an event in which Habitat members sleep outside in cardboard boxes to increase awareness of homelessness. Shack-a-Thon, held earlier this month (Dec. 2 and 3), raised more than $3,000 . The club also holds an annual auction of donated goods and services.

The club is planning a spring-break trip to Beattyville, Ky., where they will work with local Habitat volunteers on community projects. The club also plans to host a conference for all Pennsylvania Habitat Campus Chapters, to be held in March of 2001.

For more information, please call Robyn Eastwood, at (814) 641-3952, e-mail eastwrj9@juniata .edu, or write Habitat for Humanity, 887 Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa., 16652.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.