Baylor Habitat Chapter

Campus chapters are student-run organizations that partner with their local affiliate in building, fundraising, advocating, and educating. Since 1987, countless college students across America have worked with their university’s campus chapter to join Habitat’s mission to eliminate substandard housing. But did you know Waco and Baylor University are home to the first-ever campus chapter? Since its founding, Baylor Habitat has been a critical part of our work here in Waco and around the world. The campus chapter program, first imagined here, has led to the foundation of over 800 campus chapters in 35 countries.

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More than 800 campus Habitat for Humanity chapters help make the dream of home ownership a reality for families across the U.S. (and in 35 other countries). The first of these chapters was founded three decades ago — right here at Baylor.

This year, the Baylor Chapter of Habitat for Humanity turns 30 years old. When it was founded in 1987, it was indeed the first of its kind — a student-led organization, partnering with a local Habitat for Humanity, to harness the spirit and service of college students and strengthen the community.

Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has worked across the nation (and even worldwide) to build houses for families in need, using a teamwork model. Families who partner with Habitat put in more than 300 hours of “sweat equity” to make it happen, working hard alongside Habitat volunteers to receive a gift that is not a handout, but rather a joint project that everyone works toward. Internationally, Habitat has built more than 175,000 homes — 169 of those right here in the Waco area, thanks to both Waco residents and Baylor students.

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