Habitat For Humanity and Wilson College partnered to construct a 6x8 garden shed on campus to be placed at the 50th house built by volunteers in Franklin County. The two organizations share a history of involvement, but current restrictions prohibited Wilson students from leaving campus to work at the milestone Habitat jobsite in Fayetteville.
Wilson Chaplain Derek Wadlington and Mark Story, Community Engagement Director with Habitat, dreamed up the idea of bringing Habitat to Wilson. Story notes, "Central to our mission is bringing people together. By offering a construction opportunity on campus, Habitat was able to provide a volunteer experience that would have otherwise been inaccessible to the students during these onerous days."
The project, called SHED SOME LIGHT, was funded by chaplain funds and by a generous anonymous donor with a strong Wilson connection. Students and staff both gave of their time tallying 67 hours of volunteer labor. Ages ranged from 18-80 and everyone had the opportunity to use a nail gun under the tutelage of Habitat Construction Manager Eric Strait. Wilson College President Wesley Fugate drove the final nail and affirmed the partnership between the two entities. The shed is being transported by Esh's Storage Barns who volunteered their services.
About Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County: HFHFC was formed in 1993 and to date has served more than 125 low to moderate income individuals and families in Franklin County and around the world. This helps to achieve Habitat’s vision of “A world where everyone has a decent place to live” and ensure there is adequate affordable housing stock in Franklin County for everyone to live, work, worship, and play. To learn how you can make a difference in our local community through Habitat contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-267-1899. The office is located at 1502 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.