Luther Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter receives State Farm grant

May 18, 2009

The Luther College Habitat for Humanity campus chapter has been selected to receive a $2,000 matching grant from State Farm for its outstanding work in building safe, decent and affordable homes.

Campus chapters are student-led, student-initiated organizations on a high school or college campus that partner with the local Habitat affiliate to build, fundraise, advocate and educate to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. Luther College's campus chapter partners with Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity and has helped build more than 15 houses since 1992.

"Luther College Habitat for Humanity actively assists Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. The campus has participated in two whole-house sponsorships and remains a key partner in our efforts to end substandard housing in Winneshiek County," said Rachel Vagts, Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity board member and advisor to the Luther College Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Luther's campus chapter is one of 28 campus chapters to be awarded a matching grant from State Farm, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity's youth programs. The grant will be used to build houses in the community.

Each year Luther's Habitat chapter hosts a "Can Mountain Day" held in the fall in conjunction with St. Benedict's Catholic School. Can Mountain Day has been a Luther College Habitat for Humanity tradition since the 1990s. Over the years thousands of dollars have been raised with the money redeemed from returnable cans and bottles.

This year, a second "Can Mountain Day" took place May 1 on the Luther campus, celebrating the final day of Luther College's Peace Week. The one-day event raised more than $700.

The Luther College Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter recently returned from their annual spring break trip where 55 members of the Luther campus including students, staff, faculty and alumni traveled for to Camp Victor in Ocean Springs, Miss.

For the third year in a row, the Luther community worked with families whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The group put in more than 1,600 hours working on roof repair, demolition, reconstruction and other projects to try to help some of the more than 6,000 families on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi who still do not have a home to live in after the storm.

Luther College Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has been educating, advocating, building and fund raising since 1992. Luther College Habitat for Humanity partners with the local affiliate, Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity, to make a difference in Winneshiek.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit

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