Many colleges and universities throughout the United States have set up student Habitat chapters on Campus. Colorado State University (CSU) has a very active chapter that works in partnership with the Habitat Affiliate to build more homes in our community. Students meet and plan Habitat-related activities including special build days and fund-raising activities.
What Is a Campus Chapter?
A campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to fulfill the four functions of a campus chapter: Building, Fundraising, Advocating for Affordable Housing, and Educating about the need for affordable housing.
What is our CSU Campus Chapter up to?
2014-2015 Chapter volunteers work on our renovation home in Rigden Farm
Campus chapters raise funds to support the work of Habitat for Humanity International and local affiliates. Campus chapters contribute both to their local affiliate and to Habitat for Humanity’s global mission. Chapters may contribute through house sponsorship, the tithe program (donations to a Habitat for Humanity affiliate outside of the United States), general donation to Habitat for Humanity International and Collegiate Challenge Global Village. This year, the CSU Chapter helped to raise funds on Colorado Gives Day by making reminder phone calls to donors. Students also helped to raise awareness by wearing their PJ’s to show that “everyone deserves a safe place to lay their head at night.” They will also host a community yard sale in April!
Campus chapter leaders and members must be advocates for affordable housing. To advocate for affordable housing means to increase awareness of the problem of substandard housing and to call people to action to initiate change.
Campus chapters participate in advocacy events through:
- Statistics campaigns
- Hosting a speaker or panel
- Hosting a “sleep-out” or “shack-a-thon”
- Signature drives
- Letter writing campaigns
- Visiting a community meeting
Campus chapters educate others on their campus and in local communities about the mission and work of Habitat for Humanity International. This can be done through:
- Hosting a speaker from a Habitat affiliate
- Hosting a speaker from Habitat for Humanity International
- Creating a chapter newsletter
- Creating fliers, fact sheets and brochures
For more information:
Click here to ‘Like’ our CSU Habitat Chapter’s Facebook page and find updated information about events and meeting times for the chapter.
You can also click here to access the chapters website for more information.
If you have any further questions, you can contact our volunteer coordinator: