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Habitat Wake and NC State Collaborate on Efforts

Build-A-Block is a collaborative effort between Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and NC State University.  NC State has pledged to build eleven homes on Lake Wheeler Road to raise awareness for the need, for affordable housing in the Wake County area.  NC State students, faculty, staff and corporate partners were invited to take part in raising the necessary $715,000 to build homes and the actual construction of the houses themselves.  NC State
has a good relationship with Habitat Wake through Shackathon, a yearly event where NC State organizations construct shacks and live in them in the Brickyard to raise money.  The College of Natural Resources participates successfully each year, and many TAPPI members help out there as well.

Giving Back is Extremely Rewarding

As part of the service mission of TAPPI, our student chapter took part in the building fun November 12, 2016.  A dozen chapter members volunteered to go out and sweat for a good cause early that Saturday morning, and it was a huge success.  Along with other NCSU organizations like the women’s golf team, members worked at five different houses doing a variety of tasks, such as installing wood bases for flooring and walls, nailing and gluing edges.  In some cases, students were even able to meet the families whose homes they were working on, as Habitat requires that the families who will live in the houses help out with the build.  Overall, all of the students who participated agreed that it was an extremely rewarding experience to be able to give back to the community and come together as an organization.

by guest blogger Lindsay Leonard