About Our Chapter
The goals of the BSC Habitat Chapter are primarily rooted in the four pillars of Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapters.
The first is to support the local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham, with volunteer builders. Since the chapter has started, over 100 student volunteers have contributed several service hours each towards construction on several different houses throughout the area.
The second pillar is to financially support construction of the local affiliate through fundraising. Last year, with the help of the BSC SGA, the BSC Habitat chapter raised over $4,000. Most of this money went toward the partial sponsorship of a house that is currently under construction. Becoming a primary sponsor for the house was quite an achievement and an important milestone signifying the success of the chapter. This year, the chapter's success was recognized when it was awarded a $2000 matching grant from State Farm; only 21 campus chapters were selected from around the country.
The third and fourth pillars are advocacy for affordable housing and education on the need for affordable housing. The chapter has advocated for affordable housing by hosting a Cardboard City event where students camp out on the academic quad for a night with nothing but a cardboard box. Speakers like Michelle Fairley from One Roof Alabama and Rep. Patricia Todd have been sponsored by the chapter to speak to students about affordable housing needs in Alabama.
The BSC Habitat Chapter is especially fortunate to be part of the many service organizations that make up the Bunting Center, BSC's service-learning department. Being a part of this group has given us tremendous support and has directed the chapter to be one that focuses more on the quality of the service that is being done rather than the quantity of volunteers or number of hours completed. The chapter hopes to enable our volunteers to become active members of the community and use the knowledge gained from service in all aspects of their life.