By Justin Dauley

Millard and Linda Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976 with the mission of providing families in need with decent, affordable housing. To this day, there have been over a million homes built worldwide through HFH, and the organization has helped nearly 10 million people globally to obtain better housing. With over 1,300 affiliates in the United States alone, HFH is one of the largest non-profit organizations in our country. There are currently over 500 active HFH student groups in the United States, including campus chapters at Bentley, Babson, PC, Brown, Roger Williams, and URI. These campus chapters collaborate with local HFH affiliates to help provide support across a variety of areas, including fundraising, direct service, educating others about the need for affordable housing in the community and advocating for additional affordable housing in the community.

Over the past year, a group of dedicated students has been working hard to bring a chapter here to Bryant, and we have finally succeeded in doing so! Our local partnering affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of West Bay & Northern RI, obtained official status in December 1995 in the West Bay Rhode Island area and expanded into the northern Rhode Island area in 2000. During that time, they have provided homes for 17 families, entirely through volunteer efforts. We are very excited to be collaborating with them to combat the problem of a lack of affordable housing in our community and have some big plans coming up this semester. During the next several months, we plan to work in partnership with the Bryant Veterans Professional Network and HFH of West Bay & Northern RI to help build a home for a veteran in the local community as well as engage in a number of fundraising efforts and events on campus.

We invite all Bryant students to join us on this journey to build a strong foundation for the future success of the Bryant Habitat campus chapter while striving to make an immediate impact in the local community. Please email habitat@bryant.edu with any questions and be sure to follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with our plans. Our meetings are every Tuesday from 5-6pm in UNI 242 – we would love to see you there!

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