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Laurier staff help build complex for Habitat for Humanity

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Nov 24/09

A team of staff members from Laurier Alumni Relations, Development, Student Recruitment and Conference Services volunteered to get down and dirty Monday, Nov. 24. The volunteers worked on the landscaping for a 19-unit townhouse complex on Cherry St. in Kitchener for Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region, which has been working on the project for four years.

The Laurier volunteers spent the afternoon moving and laying dirt, brick and sod. While the volunteers were feeling lots of aches and pains by the end of the day, it was for a good reason: by avoiding the use of big machinery to do the job, Habitat for Humanity can keep the housing costs lower.

Roly Webster, acting director of alumni relations, spearheaded the initiative. He said the most rewarding part of the day was being able to work alongside one of the complex’s future inhabitants.

“She was happy to be able to point out which townhouse would be hers,” he said.

Now that the landscaping is done and the four-year project is complete, each of the three-bedroom units will soon be home to families in need of affordable housing.

“All of us in Alumni Relations and Development depend heavily on volunteers from our community, so we felt that we should give back and volunteer within our community,” said Webster.


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