Monica Spritzki, a sophomore studying chemistry from Cincinnati, and Ashley Bonnette, a senior studying chemistry from Columbia, help lay out the floor for the Habitat for Humanity house on Bowman Field,

Monica Spritzki, a sophomore studying chemistry from Cincinnati, and Ashley Bonnette, a senior studying chemistry from Columbia, help lay out the floor for the Habitat for Humanity house on Bowman Field,
Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

CLEMSON — Clemson University students and volunteers have begun construction on a Habitat for Humanity house on Bowman Field. It’s the 23rd year of the community service project.

The Habitat for Humanity team constructs a house each year in honor of Clemson’s homecoming. The tradition began in 1993, when the first house was built by students on Bowman Field.

Each year, more than 500 students donate 2,100 hours of their time to build a home for a local family in just two weeks.

The student volunteers work with Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, as well as businesses, government organizations and local citizens.

Students team up to work on the Habitat house.

Students team up to work on the Habitat house.
Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

“It is truly incredible to see over 500 students come out to help build a home for a local community member,” said Clemson Habitat President Emily McMacken. “I can’t tell you how blessed I have been to be involved in such an incredible project, and I hope to continue supporting this project long after I graduate.

“I know our homeowner, who will be out at the build each day, is incredibly gracious of their time and is excited to finally have her new home.”

The Clemson University chapter of Habitat for Humanity has organized several other projects, including the 2001 “Blitz Build” which produced five houses. In 2003, Clemson Habitat completed a Youth United home in partnership with D.W. Daniel High School in Central.

This year’s build will continue until Friday, Oct. 14, the day before Homecoming.

To learn more and to donate, visit http://clemson.orgsync.com/org/habitat/.

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