What is a campus chapter?
A campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate. Currently, the Carthage Central High School has a school campus chapter. They have worked with local government agencies to acquire property as part of their academic courses; participated in construction projects; raised funds for projects for the partner families; and distributed literature seeking families to help.
Our goal is to support more school campus programs, in addition to a Campus Chapter at Jefferson Community College. College students can provide support for both general committee programs, such as fundraising or work on specific target projects, such as acting as a website developer, public relations, and marketing programs.
Campus chapters partner with Habitat affiliates to build and rehabilitate homes in partnership with Habitat homeowners. There are many ways a campus chapter can get involved with building:
- Working locally with a partner affiliate
- Participating in a Collegiate Challenge
- Going on a Global Village trip
Campus chapters raise funds to support the work of local Habitat affiliates, contributing both to their local affiliates and to Habitat for Humanity’s global mission. Chapters may contribute through house sponsorship, the tithe program (donations to a Habitat for Humanity affiliate outside of the United States), general donation to Habitat for Humanity International and Collegiate Challenge Global Village.
Campus chapter leaders and members are advocates for affordable housing, helping increase awareness of the problem of substandard housing and calling for action to initiate change.
Campus chapters educate others on their campuses and in their local communities about the mission and work of Habitat for Humanity. Many chapters offer speakers, do tabling and create other opportunities to inform their fellow students and members of their communities about the mission of Habitat.