Students Go Homeless for Habitat for Humanity

September 24, 2013

The Bradley University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring its annual Shack-A-Thon beginning Wednesday, September 25, at noon through Thursday, September 26, at 10 a.m.  

Chapter President Katie Emrich says this fundraiser is to raise money to help build a Habitat house during the spring semester.  “Students will build cardboard shacks on OIin Quad and then spend the night in them to experience what it would be like to be homeless.  We expect to have about 20 shacks set up in the quad.” 

Emrich says, in the past, the shacks have ranged from quite elaborate with carpet and curtains to very basic with only four walls that hopefully hold up overnight.  There are games and activities scheduled throughout the day and night including performances by various student groups and a Habitat homeowner will be there to share her story with students so they can understand how important it is to help families in need. 

Shack-A-Thon is one of the many ways Bradley students give back to the community.  During the 2012-2013 academic year, students raised approximately $198,000 for more than 75 different charities and volunteered for more than 50,200 hours.