Rensselaer Student Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to be Honored by Organization’s Founder, Millard Fuller
TROY, N.Y. — On Monday, April 8, Habitat for Humanity
International (HHI) will honor the student chapter of Habitat
for Humanity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Millard Fuller, founder and president of HHI, based in
Georgia, will kick off the event with a speech at 10 a.m. at
the Chapel and Cultural Center, 2125 Burdett Avenue. He will
talk about the need to build decent, affordable housing. His
talk is free and open to the public.
At 1 p.m., Fuller will honor the students for establishing the
700th HHI campus chapter. The ceremony will take place on the
northwest deck of the Student Union, weather permitting. It
will be held at Mother's café on the first floor of the Union
in inclement weather.
The Rensselaer students are coordinating efforts to build a
house in Troy with the Rensselaer County Habitat for Humanity.
They also are collaborating with colleges and area high schools
to raise the first $10,000 for the house project. That amount
will be matched by HHI in recognition of the 700th chapter
status. It costs about $50,000, most of it for materials, to
build a Habitat for Humanity home.
Joining fund-raising forces are students at Siena College,
Hudson Valley Community College, Skidmore College, the College
of St. Rose, Union College, Russell Sage College, Averill Park
High School, Troy High School, Hoosick Valley, and Galway High
In addition to a quilt project in which individuals or groups
can purchase eight-by-eight-inch cloth squares for $100,
Rensselaer students will be selling T-shirts designed with a
Habitat for Humanity logo for $9. For more information about
the quilt, contact the Rensselaer Student Union at (518)
276-6505. For information about the T-shirts, contact
Rensselaer's Office of the First Year Experience at (518)
Contact: Jodi Ackerman
Phone: (518) 276-6531