You all know that IC Habitat has had a super busy fall, learning lots, networking with other campus groups, building building building, sleeping out for homelessness, fundraising for our break trips, and in general being HabiBeasts on our mission to eliminate substandard housing. Check out photos from the whole semester so far, and get pumped! Because break trip sign-ups are in 2 weeks! More information about that tomorrow.
Habitat couldn’t have had a better day for our annual Habidash on Sunday, Oct. 10. On this warm, sunny fall afternoon, 30 runners came out to make the 5K loop around IC’s campus. With music from WICB and lots of food and prizes, the event was a great time for both runners and spectators.
The top two men and women were rewarded with gift cards to Road ID. Congrats to:
First Place: Dan Adelman: 20:50
Second Place: Danny Golden: 20:51
First Place:Kamila Swerdloff: 26:05
Second Place: Alexandra Mason: 26:08
Also this year, all who registered for the race were entered into a raffle to win a guaranteed break trip spot on the trip of their choice. Congratulations to our winner, Haedn Hogan.
Thanks to food donations from Ithaca Dining Services and Rogan’s, as well as raffle prizes donated from D.P. Dough, we made over $300, which will go directly towards this year’s winter break trips to Virginia, Mississippi, and North Carolina. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!
With the Sleep-Out on October 7 and the Habidash on October 10, along with flocking and weekend builds left and right, October's been a habiexhausting month for us all. But it's all good - we've raised money, raised awareness, and raised some roofs. Okay, it was a few walls. But still. Check out the video.
Photo by Jackie Keating
Whoever controls the weather was looking out for everyone here at IC Habitat for Humanity on Thursday, October 7, when we hosted this semester's Sleep-Out for Homelessness. The event was primarily a speaker series, featuring five fantastic Ithaca-area community members who've dealt directly with poverty and homelessness. Each speaker told his or her story in an informal setting that left IC Habitat members and other attendees comfortable to ask questions and really get a grasp on the trials that each speaker endured in their life. Over 70 people attended or dropped by over the course of the night.
(Read more and see a ton of photos from the Sleep-Out after the jump.)
Piece by Meagan McGinnes
Walking out of my dorm dressed in head-to-toe black, I felt like a rebel. I was about to go vandalize someone’s house with pink flamingos. The best part is that it was for a good cause. Flocking, through Habitat for Humanity at Ithaca College, is a fundraiser that thinks outside the box and gets the entire Ithaca community involved in a fun, unique way.
Jackie Keating, sophomore co-chair of the IC HFH special events committee, described flocking as placing a ridiculous amount of pink flamingos in someone’s front yard at night with a sign asking for a $20 donation. Once the donation has been made, the flamingos will be picked up, and another house will be attacked. Flocking occurs twice a week.
Don’t worry. This is all legal. People’s friends who have already been flocked understand the joke and want to pass it on, so they supply HFH with additional addresses to flock.
For the most part, flocking “victims” have an idea that a swarm of pink flamingos will be camping out on their front lawn. However, the date of the flocking is always unknown. It is this mystery and sneaking around in the dark of night that is always fun and can lead to some amusing situations. “Last week we almost got chased by a dog; that was interesting,” mused Keating.
Flocking fits perfectly into the broader mission of Habitat for Humanity. Keating said her favorite part of being involved with Habitat is the caring and generous people she meets in the process. “There is a lot more to habitat than going on builds,” she said. Habitat is a great way to establish meaningful friendships with people you may not have met otherwise and give back to the community.
So don’t be alarmed if you see a group dressed in black with some fierce-looking pink flamingos in hand. They may seem like they are up to no good, but they are really raising awareness about poverty and homelessness one plastic pink bird at a time.
Habitat for Humanity at Ithaca College is gearing up for its BIGGEST WEEK of the Fall semester. Like, there are still only seven days. So it's not bigger in number or anything like that. So I may have misspoke. That may be false advertising.
BUT REGARDLESS. It's going to be HUGE. Check out the video with all of the updates - here's what's super important:
THURSDAY, 10.7, 7:30pm Sleep-Out for Homelessness! (Facebook Event)
Our biggest advocacy effort of the Fall, the Sleep-Out is an amazing opportunity to hear some fantastic speakers talk about their own experiences with homelessness or serving as an advocate for the homeless. We'll start things off at Loaves & Fishes and then move on up to the Academic Quad at 7:30, building our cardboard houses to sleep in for the night while we listen to an exciting line-up of really moving speakers. Check it out!
SUNDAY, 10.10, 2:00pm Habidash! (Facebook Event)
One of our biggest fundraisers, the Habidash is a 5K run/walk/stroll/skip/hop around the Ithaca College campus. Registration begins October 4 and ends October 8 and costs $8. Check out our table in Campus Center or e-mail email@example.com. It's a great time to take a study break, come hang out with Habitat, get some free food, discuss running strategies, discuss your total dislike for running, and in general have fun while making a difference and supporting our organization. Invite your friends!
(11.13.11) Break-Trip Sign-Ups Come to sign up for one of our awesome Winter Break trips! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
(12.3.11) Saturday Build: All day in Corning, NY!
(12.4.11) Weekly General Body Meeting: 4:00pm in Taughannock Falls Room(12.11.11) Weekly General Body Meeting: 4:00pm in Taughannock Falls Room