Habitat for Humanity to Host Shanty Town Sleepover

October 10, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will hold a sleepover in a Sustainable Shanty Town on the Eckley Quadrangle (located at the center of IWU’s campus) on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next day.

The event is free and open to those 18 years and older.

The Sustainable Shanty Town will be made up of students and their cardboard-box “homes,” who will participate in activities including a cardboard house building competition. The chapter hopes the Shanty Town will raise awareness regarding homelessness and Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to provide affordable housing.

Interested participants should dress warmly, bring their own cardboard box home and sleeping bag. Also, bring a mug for complimentary hot chocolate. Participants are asked to bring any spare change or aluminum cans they can donate to the Habitat for Humanity program as well. 

The IWU chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which is a joint venture with Illinois State University, is a not-for-profit organization that works to provide decent housing for those in need in an effort to eliminate homelessness. The IWU-ISU chapter has built one home a year in McLean County since 1995.

For additional information, contact the Office of University Communications at (309) 556-3181.

Contact: Heather Lindquist, ’09, (309) 556-3181