Habitat for Humanity
As students privileged to live on the Amherst College campus, the issue of homelessness in our local community and across the world is usually far from our minds. Yet the need for affordable housing, and its impact on individual families and wider communities, is well-documented. Amherst College Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build, educate, and fundraise. We are a campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and to making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through donations and volunteer labor, Habitat constructs simple homes which are sold to homeowner families at no profit. These families are required to make mortgage payments, and to invest several hundred hours of their own labor (“sweat equity”) in their own or other Habitat homeowners’ houses. Amherst College Habitat invites students of all faiths and backgrounds to join us in raising awareness, fundraising, and building.
Brief Club History: Five College Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1993, and Amherst College founded its own chapter several years later. Over the years, the Five College organization has become less active; campus chapters have become more autonomous. We have participated in the Collegiate Challenge Spring Break trip almost every year of our existence. We have collaborated with our local affiliated Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity on building numerous houses throughout the Valley.
- Nitya Viswanathan ’07