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Habitat for Humanity

It is estimated that nearly 2 billion people around the world live in sub-standard housing, and more than 100 million people are homeless.  Pitt-Johnstown students are doing their part to make a difference. Throughout “@ Your Service Week,” the Pitt-Johnstown chapter members of Habitat for Humanity will be involved in a number of projects and activities to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness:


Playhouse Construction Project
Monday through Friday (10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Campus Mall)
Members will construct a child’s playhouse right on the Campus Mall.  Be sure to stop by and check the project on this house, which will be donated to a local Habitat for Humanity family. 

Cardboard City
Monday, October 19 (overnight on the Campus Mall)
It is estimated that nearly 2 billion people around the world live in sub-standard housing, and more than 100 million people are homeless.  Pitt-Johnstown  Habitat for Humanity members will create awareness of this serious issue by residing in shelters constructed from cardboard boxes… no heat, no electricity, no television, no plumbing.  Cardboard City will be erected on the Campus Mall.

Popsicle Stick Build
Thursday, October 22 (7-9 p.m. in the Student Union )
Pitt-Johnstown Habitat members will participate in a contest to see which team can build the best miniature home from Popsicle sticks.  This activity, which takes places at schools across the country, incorporates the principles of Habitat for Humanity  (“decent, affordable homes,” all of which have four walls and a roof) while creating awareness of the organization.

Briars in the Cotton Patch
Thursday, October 22 (9-10 p.m. in the Student Union)
Members of the Pitt-Johnstown chapter of Habitat will show the film Briars in the Cotton Patch, which tells the story of the founding of Habitat for Humanity.  Narrated by UN Ambassador Andrew Young, the documentary is a story of race, religion and terror.