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Villanova University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity Recognized for Advocacy Efforts

The University’s Chapter of Habitat for Humanity received the 2012 Build Louder Award for its efforts to help further Habitat’s mission worldwide

Habitat Chapter Recognized for Advocacy Efforts

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s Chapter of Habitat for Humanity was recently selected by Habitat for Humanity (HFH) International as the recipient of the 2012 Build Louder Award, recognizing its advocacy efforts to help further Habitat’s mission worldwide. Villanova was presented with the award at the National Youth Leadership Conference Nov. 3 in Atlanta, Ga.

Villanova’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity promotes awareness of poverty and homelessness not only within the University community but in Philadelphia and throughout the country.  Its efforts include annual fundraising and education programs as well as build trips to the chapter’s affiliate, Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity. The chapter also advocates the need for affordable housing to legislators through letter-writing campaigns. Additionally, Villanova sends approximately 380 people per year to Habitat affiliates around the country during fall and spring breaks.

Villanova University has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County for the last 23 years, working towards HFH International’s mission of eliminating poverty-housing through home building, advocacy and education.  In 2011, the University participated in a week-long “Blitz Build” event with Habitat's Montgomery County affiliate. Villanova students, faculty and staff worked day-long shifts to help renovate a four-bedroom house in Norristown, Pa.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.