Habitat Launches World Habitat Week
In recognition of World Habitat Day 2012, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville is planning a week of events to address the need for decent housing around the world, including in Charlottesville.
In honor of the day, Habitat supporters in and around Charlottesville will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week, including:
• Saturday, September 29th – Friday, October 5th the Habitat Store will host a raffle where customers have the opportunity to buy a $5 raffle ticket and enter to win a $100 gift card to the Habitat Store. Stop by the store and enter to win! The winning ticket will be drawn at 12pm on Friday.
• Sunday, September 30th local congregations are asking members to consider their role in the community’s growth during their worship service.
• Monday, October 1st from 10am-2pm UVa’s Campus Chapter is holding their annual “Hammer for Habitat” event inviting students to write their reflections about this year’s theme and nail their message to a replica of a substandard home assembled on the Lawn. Click here to learn more about the Habitat at UVa chapter.
• Friday, October 5th from 4:30-6:30pm at Charlottesville’s nTelos Wireless Pavilion Habitat’s Youth United is hosting a Lego Blitz Build. During this event, children will build homes from different parts of the world using Legos. When complete, they will place the homes side by side to emphasize the one community theme.
View NBC 29's coverage of World Habitat week
Habitat for Humanity’s theme for World Habitat Day 2012, “Many Homes, One Community,” highlights the vital role that decent, affordable housing plays in community stabilization and development. The focus is on the importance of homeownership in a neighborhood’s progress.
Beginning on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, and continuing throughout October and November, Habitat for Humanity and affiliated organizations will host hundreds of local events — from builds and flash mobs to parades, contests, housing forums and everything in between — to draw attention to the need for safe, decent, affordable shelter for all. Habitat for Humanity International will also launch its annual Shelter Report, which will focus on the role of the home in a neighborhood’s progression. The two-month observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter and the pivotal role of housing in community development will culminate with Habitat’s flagship annual event, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The 29th annual Carter Work Project returns to Haiti as part of its two-year effort to strengthen and support Habitat’s work there.
The United Nations established World Habitat Day in 1985 to spotlight the need for adequate shelter worldwide. On the first Monday in October each year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates and national organizations raise their collective voice, taking action to change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing, and engaging partners in solutions
View the slideshow from last year's Youth United World Habitat event on the downtown mall.