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Habitat for Humanity Shack-a-Thon

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 participating in a Shack-a-Thon on the Campus Mall.

Based on the Cardboard City builds of recent years, the Shack-a-Thon promotes awareness of the issues of homelessness and substandard housing.  Each cardboard "shack," which is designed to represent the poverty housing from a specific country, is constructed from cardboard, duct tape, wood, and other materials and actively displays facts and figures to create awareness of the substandard housing, homelessness, and poverty that exists in that country. To show support for those in our community and around the world who are living in substandard housing, students will also sleep in their structures overnight.  Shacks will be on display on the Campus Mall through Friday morning.