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Inside Iowa State
September 11, 1998

"Home"coming with a twist

by Steve Jones

Story County's next Habitat for Humanity home will be constructed on a fast track when it's built on campus before relocation to Roland.

The home will go up on the intramural fields east of Jack Trice Stadium. The 1,100-square-foot, three-bedroom house will be constructed Oct. 6-9 (during Home-coming week) and trucked the following week to a waiting foundation in Roland.

The exterior of the house will be constructed in just four days. Nearly all of the interior work will be completed once the home is relocated. More than a thousand volunteers from ISU and Ames are expected to work on the house, said Bryan Burkhardt, president of the Government of the Student Body (GSB) and co-chair of ISU's yearlong celebration honoring alumnus George Washington Carver.

GSB, the Carver celebration steering committee and ISU's Homecoming central committee have joined forces with the Story County Habitat for Humanity chapter to raise funds and recruit workers for the project. More than $36,000 of the estimated $55,000 needed to build and move the home has been raised. About $30,000 in funds and construction materials are being raised in the Ames community, and $25,000 in cash is being raised on the ISU campus.

On Sept. 23-24 near the campanile, volunteers will conduct an appeal to ISU students, faculty and staff to raise funds for the home.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness. Volunteers have built more than 65,000 houses around the world, providing homes for 300,000 people. The Story County chapter is only in its third year, but the group already has built or renovated five residences, said Roger Stover, professor of finance and a Story County Habitat for Humanity board member.

Burkhardt said the Carver all-university celebration steering committee was looking for a community service project, and members jumped at the opportunity to join the Homecoming committee on the Habitat project.

Construction volunteers will work in three-hour shifts, Stover said. Bob Behal, the Story County Habitat for Humanity construction coordinator, will oversee the work and keep the project on schedule. People who want to donate funds, or labor Oct. 6-9, should contact the Homecoming office, 4- 0198.

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