Habitat for Humanity International seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses with families in need.
The Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter at University of Wisconsin-Madison (or Habitat-UW Chapter) works with its local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, and with Habitat for Humanity International in order to achieve the Habitat mission through the four functioning pillars: Building, Educating, Fundraising, and Advocacy. We do this through:
Builds: We volunteer at our build site every Saturday throughout the academic year. We also plan collegiate break trips to affiliates around the United States and participate in international Global Village trips.
Fundraising: We host several fundraisers throughout the year in order to raise money to fund a local Habitat home. We aim to raise $35,000 a year, which covers about half the construction costs of a single home.
Education: Housing insecurity is a relevant problem in any community. We educate our members and others about factors that contribute to poverty and housing vulnerability both in Madison and throughout the world.
Advocacy: We participate in Habitat International’s Act!Speak!Build! Week in the Spring where we motivate students to think about housing insecurity in their community through interactive activities, signs, and tabling.