Students begin 21st Habitat House in 20-year homecoming tradition
CLEMSON — The Clemson University chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host its 20th annual build on Bowman Field Sept. 18 to 27, an event that adds a meaningful component to homecoming celebrations Sept. 27 and 28.
Around 500 students are expected to work on the house for an anticipated total of 2,100 volunteer hours. Student organizations can get involved by volunteering as “nightguards” — groups of students who stay overnight with the house on Bowman.
Clemson University Habitat for Humanity and Pickens County Habitat for Humanity typically split the cost of building the house, which costs around $65,000. The university chapter is holding several fundraisers to try to fully fund the house in celebration of the 20th anniversary milestone.
“We are challenging the community to show how strong the Clemson family really is,” said Kim Owen, homecoming coordinator for the university’s Habitat chapter. “If everyone who walked by the house on Homecoming game day donated a single dollar, the entire house would be paid for.”
Donors can pay $25 to fund one square foot of the house and will have his or her name on a subfloor of the house. Donations of $100 or more will earn the donor’s name on a sign displayed in the house. Logos of companies supporting the build will be displayed outside the house during the building period.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, the Habitat chapter will host a 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
When the homecoming portion of the build is over, the house will be moved to its permanent location where members of the Habitat chapter will continue the work until it’s finished. The group hopes to have the house ready for move-in by April 2014.
Since the tradition began, an estimated 10,000 students have worked to house 21 families. When construction begins next week, its progress can be seen on a live webcam.
— Blake Bachara