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Campus Habitat for Humanity chapter ranks as best across the nation

The ISU-IWU Habitat for Humanity chapter was chosen as the 2010 Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter of the Year from among more than 500 campus chapters in the country.

The Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University chapter formed in 1994. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of McLean County, the chapter has built at least one home every year since 1995.

Students are completing their 17th house. They are involved with every aspect of the building project except tasks that require skilled labor, such as the electrical and plumbing systems.

Gary Klass, associate professor of Politics and Government and project director for the chapter, hopes students can begin to build two houses annually. The key to that is fundraising. The collegiate chapter raises money in the Bloomington-Normal community to pay for construction, which averages $60,000 to $70,000 per home.

More information about the ISU-IWU Habitat for Humanity chapter is online at http://lilt.ilstu.edu/habitat. Donations to support the chapter’s work can be made online at www.Advancement.ilstu.edu/support.

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