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Villanovans Set to “Blitz Build”


Villanova University is set to “Blitz Build.” Partnering with Habitat for Humanity's Montgomery County affiliate, students, faculty and staff from the University will help renovate a four-bedroom house in Norristown, Pa., working day-long shifts from Sept. 27-Oct. 1. The project is sponsored by Villanova’s Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (HFH).

The Blitz Build marks another highlight in a 22-year partnership between Villanova and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, working towards HFH International’s mission of eliminating poverty-housing through home building, advocacy and education.

Certified construction workers provided by Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County will oversee the renovation. Villanova students, faculty and staff will work alongside members of the local community for this unique “Blitz Build” – a project which raises awareness of the affordable-housing crisis in America.

"We are excited to be partnering with Villanova University on an amazing "Blitz Build" experience that will include working with students, faculty, staff, and alumni over the course of the week,” said Marianne Albanese, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County. “It is through the continued commitment and financial support of the Villanova community that we are closer to moving another family into a safe, affordable home in Norristown." 

Villanova is one of the top campus chapters of Habitat for Humanity in the country. In the past four years, the University’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity has fully sponsored two homes with HFH Montgomery County, including the affiliate’s first LEED project – one of only a few LEED-certified rehab affordable housing units in the country.

The Blitz Build is an extension of the University’s 2011 St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service – an annual celebration honoring Villanova’s patron saint, known for his great charity to the poor and marginalized. 

During the Day of Service, Sept. 24, more than 4,000 Villanova students, faculty, staff and alumni, worked in partnership with local organizations and neighborhood agencies, volunteering at 175 service sites across the Greater Philadelphia region.