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BVU kicks off Habitat's Corporate Challenge

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Buena Vista County Habitat for Humanity's "Corporate Challenge" is underway. As construction progresses on BV County Habitat's fifth home, area businesses and organizations are pitching in by sending volunteer workers to the building site at 612 East 5th St.

To kick off the Corporate Challenge, on July 30 Buena Vista University President Fred Moore and members of his executive council picked up measuring tapes, saws and hammers and set to work cutting, framing and erecting the basement walls.

"BV County Habitat's Corporate Challenge is a great project for us, because it falls in line with Buena Vista University's motto of 'Education for Service,'" said Julie Keehner, BVU's vice president for enrollment and student services. "Our commitment to volunteerism extends not only among students, but among faculty and staff as well."

Moore and Keehner were joined by Randy Fehr, BVU's vice president for business services; Rich Ridgway, BVU's director of university communications; Donna Schoneboom, BVU's assistant to the president; and community members Bob Thayer, Jose Limones Ordaz and Lou Mittelstadt, all under the supervision of site manager Lester Newell.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical organization devoted to eliminating poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with area families in need of adequate shelter. Volunteers from the community join in building a home that is sold by Habitat to a partner family at no profit, with a no-interest loan.

BV County Habitat is partnering with the de la Torre family - Maria, Adrina and Alan - for its fifth home.

For more information, contact Joe Galey, Habitat building committee chair, at 712-732-5746.



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