Habitat for Humanity
|Habitat for Humanity|
|Type of Group:||Community Service|
What is Habitat?
Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates houses and sells them to families in need at no profit. Habitat regional affiliates accomplish this with the help of volunteers, who aid in all aspects of house construction, and donations.
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976, and since then has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing safe homes for over 1.5 million people.
Why is Habitat needed?
The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations.
In the United States alone, 95 million people, one third of the nation, have housing problems including payments too large a percentage of their income, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. Throughout the world, people live in inadequate housing, and Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes for those in need.
Build with Us!
MIT Habitat for Humanity sends approximately ten to fourteen volunteers to work on local Habitat homes under construction twice a month. These build days occur on Saturdays, and usually run from 7am to 4pm. Build days are FREE, fun, easy ways to get involved with Habitat - we provide breakfast, lunch, and transportation to the build site. And perhaps the most rewarding part of build days: meeting the homeowners, the families that will live in the house that you are helping to build!
MIT volunteers have worked on houses in all stages of construction, from nailing in wall frames to painting to digging trenches for plumbing pipes to installing insulation to installing electrical wiring. No experience is required! We are always welcoming new volunteers!
Major Club Events
In addition to hosting bimonthly build days, MIT Habitat for Humanity also hosts an annual spring break trip and a variety of on-campus fundraising and awareness events.
- Beaver Dash 5K Race—we sponsor a 5k race around the MIT campus each fall!
- Campus Build—get your hands dirty helping build part of a local Habitat home right on campus or participate in our cardboard housing build competition, all during a beautiful spring afternoon!
- Benefit Concert—to raise awareness for Habitat, we host a benefit concert featuring a variety of MIT a capella and dance groups!
- Spring Break Trip—spend your spring break making a difference by building a Habitat home for a whole week!