Students will help build house for Asbury Park family

West Long Branch, NJ - A Habitat for Humanity Build will be held at Monmouth University on April 16, 2010.  The opening kick-off ceremony will be held at 11 am in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center followed by the build in Larchwood Avenue parking lot from Noon to 5 pm.  The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s First Year Service Project and Habitat for Humanity.

Students will build panels for use in the creation of a house in Asbury Park.   Through fundraisers, the Monmouth University First Year Service Project has raised over $2500 for the build.

Habitat for Humanity works to build and rehabilitate houses through volunteer labor and supplies paid for by donations. However, Habitat for Humanity does not simply give away houses. Those who are approved for Habitat Housing must not only pay for a down payment and a monthly mortgage, but must invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into the house, so called “sweat equity.”

The First Year Service Project is a new tradition at Monmouth University which engages First Year Students in service projects with the intention of raising awareness of and promoting social justice issues.  This year the focus is homelessness awareness and students have partnered with various local organizations including Linkages Transitional Housing Facility and Habitat for Humanity.