Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Wisconsin-Platteville Sig Eps Build for Habitat

Fraternity helps build Habitat home

A University of Wisconsin-Platteville fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, is doing everything from putting up walls to helping teach other volunteers construction skills as they assist with building a Habitat for Humanity house in Lancaster. The house is part of the Women's Build program, which invites women to help in the construction of the home and learn new skills.

The Lancaster house, scheduled for completion at the end of this spring, is progressing with the completion of the roof, the raising of the walls and the installation of siding. It will be the first Habitat house to have a solar water heater.

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization that seeks to combat poverty and substandard housing by providing simple houses for families. Recipient families of Habitat homes work side by side with the volunteers to build the house and are given a no-interest loan through Habitat for Humanity. The families make monthly mortgage payments to pay for the home.