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Habitat for Humanity

The Birmingham-Southern College Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter was founded in fall 2009 to encourage students to volunteer to build affordable housing in Birmingham and to educate students on housing issues affecting the community around them. A student-led organization, BSC’s Habitat chapter has grown to become one of the most popular ways that 'Southern students engage with their community. The chapter hopes that volunteering through Habitat for Humanity will show students how to become active members of the community and how to apply knowledge gained from service in all aspects of life.

Volunteers help build homes in neighborhoods near BSC, and no construction experience or tools are needed – equipment and training are provided on-site.

For more information contact Caroline Teal (cdteal@bsc.edu) or Reed Butler (rmbutler@bsc.edu).

Habitat for Humanity

About Our Chapter

The goals of the BSC Habitat Chapter are rooted in four pillars that guide campus chapters of Habitat for Humanity.

The first is to support the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham by volunteering to build homes for low-income neighbors. Since the chapter’s founding, over 100 student volunteers have contributed to the construction of several different houses throughout the area.Students

Secondly, we fundraise to support builds. With the help of the BSC SGA, the chapter became a primary sponsor of a build after raising over $4,000. State Farm Insurance also awarded a $2,000 matching grant to the chapter, one of only 21 such grants awarded nationwide.

The third pillar is to advocate for affordable housing. Sponsoring the annual cardboard city event is one of our chapter’s main advocacy initiatives, as students camp out on the academic quad for a night to raise awareness and frame discussions on housing and homelessness with the campus community.

Finally, we educate the campus community on the need for affordable housing. Aiming to connect BSC students with leaders who are spearheading efforts to end homelessness, the chapter has sponsored speakers such as Michelle Fairley (Executive Director of One Roof Alabama) and Alabama State Representative Patricia Todd.

The BSC Habitat Chapter is especially fortunate to be part of the many community partnerships in the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, BSC's service-learning department. Partnering with the Bunting Center has led the chapter to focus on the quality of service rather than the number of volunteers.

Past Projects

Following the April 2011 tornadoes, Habitat Birmingham partnered with the Central Alabama Long-Term Recovery Committee to help effected communities begin to recovery from the disaster. Mrs. Taylor was one of many Alabamians who lost their home in Pratt City. She was also one of the many Alabamians who benefited from the work of Habitat, which organized a build in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, Briarwood Christian School, Central Alabama Long- Term Recovery Committee, State Farms Insurance, and Birmingham-Southern. Mrs. Taylor moved into her new home in spring 2012.

BSC’s Habitat for Humanity chapter also sponsored a build for Reece Johnson, who was born and raised in Birmingham with two sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Carver High in 2001 and currently works as a document coordinator at Zarzaur & Schwartz and as a cashier at Western Supermarket. Reece plans to return to school to become a surgical technician and eventually marry and start a family. She enjoys reading, cooking, and watching TV in her spare time. “Owning a home is going to change my life,” Reece says. “Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

 

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