UVU To Cut Ribbon On Its 5th Habitat For Humanity Home
April 17, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
Written by: Heather Wrigley
Utah Valley University’s Volunteer & Service-Learning Center will cut the ribbon on its 5th Habitat for Humanity home on Monday, April 21, at 9 a.m.
Over the last several months, UVU students, faculty and staff have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County to help construct a new home for a local family in need. Each year since 2007, UVU construction management students and the university’s Volunteer & Service-Learning Center have worked on a home, giving students an opportunity to apply their studies in a real-world setting while also making a positive impact in the local community.
“I love the way UVU integrates real-life, hands-on, engaged learning into its teaching,” said Kena Jo Mathews, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. “Students bring their skills, their enthusiasm and their desire to help and produce tangible results that enrich the entire community.”
The home will benefit the Woods family of Provo, including 15-year-old Chan, 6-year-old Kody and mom, Anna.
In addition to raising her two boys alone, Woods works full-time as an unlicensed real estate assistant. “I am looking forward to being a homeowner,” she said. “I want to be able to provide a safe and secure living environment for my sons and my future.”
The new three-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot home will be located in Springville. The family applied and qualified for the home project, volunteering many hours in helping to build the home and attending homeowner education classes.
UVU Vice President of Student Affairs Michelle Taylor will speak at the ribbon-cutting, and other UVU administrators will be in attendance.
“The Volunteer & Service-Learning Center is pleased to bring together community partners such as Habitat for Humanity and faculty and students through both service-learning classes and individual volunteer opportunities,” said Summer Valente, director of UVU’s Volunteer & Service-Learning Center. “Wonderful things are accomplished when that connection is made.”