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Habitat Blitz Week began Saturday

Earlier this year, members of HWS Habitat for Humanity Club donated their Saturday morning, spreading top soil and grass seed and planting flowers for a newly-constructed house in Geneva sponsored by Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Ontario County.

Although they were sticking to landscaping for this house, Amanda Hawley ’11, president of the Habitat for Humanity Club at HWS, said at the time that the members were looking forward to building a house in the coming months.

This week they are getting their wish. The HWS Habitat for Humanity Club is sponsoring a Habitat House on Geneva’s Hawkins Avenue. Weather permitting, 15 volunteers will be working each day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Interested parties should contact Assistant Director of CCESL Sarah Reiner at sreiner@hws.edu.

On March 27, HWS President Mark D. Gearan, Sarah Reiner, assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), and Hawley signed a letter of intent providing $20,000 for building costs on behalf of the Colleges to co-sponsor a house in the Geneva community. The site of the house is located at 32 Hawkins Avenue in the northeast corner of the city off of E. North Street and Preemption Street.

“This is the first time that the Colleges’ have helped sponsor a house and had it identified as an HWS build. It highlights the Colleges’ commitment to community, here, in their own city,” says Roger Chapin, vice president of Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County.

HWS have had a chapter of Habitat for Humanity for the past 20 years. For half of that time, the club has been actively fundraising to sponsor an HWS house in Geneva, in addition to assisting with local builds. Current co-presidents, Hawley and Sarah Burton ’11 organized events to raise money for the project. The group will continue to fundraise to donate more to the HWS house, as well as provide manual labor to complete the house.