Buena Vista University's student organization Habitat for Humanity is hosting an Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES) Symposium on "Habitat for Humanity: Building from the Ground Up." Four separate sessions will take place on Saturday, April 17, in Hansen Room 8 of the Harold Walter Siebens Forum.
At 10 a.m., members of the Buena Vista County Habitat for Humanity affiliate will present "Building from Square One: Local Involvement." Starting from the very beginning, the county representatives will focus on the local aspect of Habitat, speaking about their involvement with the building process, gathering volunteers, and the financial aspect.
Also, a local homeowner will present a voice the general public does not usually hear.
At 11 a.m., Faith Ferré, Minister of Discipleship at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, Iowa, will present "Building on Faith: Partnership Success Stories" about the types of partnership building Plymouth has been involved in with Habitat for Humanity in Des Moines, including successful "Blitz Build" projects and "Circle of Faith" projects.
Her story will inspire all to be involved in the work of Habitat partnerships.
At 1 p.m., Larry Prible, the past President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, Indiana, will present "Building Across Seas: Jimmy Carter Work Project," speak on behalf of his experience with the Jimmy Carter Work Project. Prior to his journey to South Africa in 2002, Prible and his wife, Carole, were actively involved as working crew members and family partners with 38 homes. Prible is full of insight from his ongoing partnerships with community leaders and organizations within neighborhoods where homes have been built.
At 2 p.m., Janet Huckabee, the First Lady of Arkansas who currently serves as a member of the Habitat for Humanity International Board, will present "Building for All: Woman's Build." Huckabee is involved with the Women's Build steering council, where she donates time and effort to organizing, fundraising, and building houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Her contributions to the First Lady's Build program will motivate all to get involved with the highly respected organization to help families around the world.
All of the sessions are open to the public, free of charge.