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LUCAP members and Loyola community to build Habitat for Humanity home

Loyola press release - January 21, 2004

(New Orleans)Because of a $50,000 anonymous donation, members of Loyola University New Orleans Community Action Program (LUCAP) will build a Habitat for Humanity home in New Orleans this spring. A wall-raising ceremony, the kickoff event for the construction, will be held January 31 at the site of the house, 2463 N. Prieur St., at 10 a.m.

LUCAP invites all members of the Loyola community to join in the construction project every Saturday morning until April 24, the projected completion date. Volunteers are especially needed for two Saturdays when students will be on break February 28, the Saturday after Mardi Gras and on April 3, the Saturday before Palm Sunday. There will be no construction on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, February 21 and the Saturday of Spring Break, April 10.

Habitat for Humanity staff will instruct volunteers on how to perform construction tasks. There are a few suggestions for all volunteers:

Wear work clothes and gloves

Bring hats, insect repellant and sunscreen, as prescribed by the weather

Lunch is not provided

Bottled water is not provided but recommended; tap water is available

Closed-toe shoes are required to work at the site.

There is no limit on the number of volunteers each week. Since the Loyola house is one of five being built, there are plenty of possible jobs and everyone present will have a task. Volunteers must be at least 16-years old and need parental permission. Those over 18-years old do not need permission.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The group works to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

LUCAP members are Loyola students who are involved in community service, and have made a lifelong commitment to social justice in areas such as poverty, illiteracy, and discrimination. Emphasis in LUCAP programs is more on development of long-term solutions to societal problems rather than simply charity work.

Loyola alumni boards are sponsoring a volunteer group to work on the house on March 20. Alumni wanting to work that day can contact Trish Moser, director of alumni affairs, 861-5453 or prmoser@loyno.edu. To volunteer any other time, contact Kristin Penaloza, kmpenalo@loyno.edu, or Rick Yelton, hryelton@loyno.edu, co-chairs of the Habitat for Humanity Loyola chapter, at 865-2140 or Sr. Leyla Cerda, C.S.J., lpcerda@loyno.edu, LUCAP advisor, 865-2141.

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