by Public Relations Office
September 2, 2005
Cedarville, OhioOn Sunday, Sept. 18, ground will be broken for the first-ever Habitat for Humanity project in the village of Cedarville. The groundbreaking will take place during a 3 p.m. ceremony near the University`s Cedar Park Apartments on South Main Street.
The event is made possible by the donation of a 0.237-acre lot from Cedarville University to Habitat for Humanity of Greene County (HHGC). Dennis Westafer, building chairman of HHGC, said his organization couldn`t be more excited about the land donation. "We were all jumping up and down!" he said, recalling the moment when they heard the news. "We spent almost two years praying and waiting for a lot, so we were very excited."
"Getting property donated is a big help for the organization," Westafer continued, "otherwise there is not enough money to build." He noted that all money donated to HHGC goes toward building supplies and land purchases; all workers are volunteer.
Greene County began its chapter of Habitat for Humanity International in 1990. Since then, it has built 18 houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter. Habitat International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization that has built more than 175,000 houses worldwide, providing shelter for nearly 900,000 people.
"Habitat for Humanity has been one of the organizations that our students, as well as our faculty and staff, have supported, so we`re familiar with the organization," said CU Budget Director Rod Johnson. "We`re excited about this opportunity. It`s a different way to get involved in the community."
Jeff Lee, a staff member at Cedarville University, is the site manager for Habitat`s new project. He will direct a number of volunteers, including students from Greene County colleges and high schools as well as the Cedarville University Habitat for Humanity chapter.
CU Habitat for Humanity Chapter Advisor Keith Hamer noted that the chapter`s spring campus coin drive contest raised $570 for indoor features of the project.
The groundbreaking is open to the public. For more information, call 937-766-7699.