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Faith

Joliet Catholic Academy starts a Habitat for Humanity campus chapter

JOLIET – Joliet Catholic Academy junior Michael Murray felt Habitat for Humanity would be a good program to start at the school.

Then he realized that a representative from the school as a sponsor is required. So Murray asked history teacher Mark Clarke. Clarke has traveled the world with Habitat for Humanity and has supported the program for a long time.

A Habitat campus chapter is a student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with local Habitat for Humanity to fulfill the function of a campus chapter. The chapters are guided by four functions.

These are direct service consisting of volunteering on construction, office tasks, and in the ReStore, fundraising, advocating and educating.

JCA partnered with Will County Habitat for Humanity with start-up of 52 students. Over its 29 years, WCHFH has put 75 families in homes through new construction and rehabs. It has built in Joliet, Crest Hill, Bolingbrook, Lockport and Plainfield. JCA students are raising funds to build a Lego wall to have an interactive part in the new store.

For information in starting a campus chapter, email Ron Novak, assistant executive Director, at rnovak@habitatwill.org.

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