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Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 874-4500

Yard sale to help raise the roof Sept. 13

URI College takes the lead in
Habitat for Humanity building project

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 9, 2003 -- University of Rhode Island College of Human Science and Services (HSS) faculty, staff and students are taking their classroom lessons to heart and working to raise the roof on a new home for a local Habitat for Humanity family.

The college kicks off its new home construction project on Saturday, Sept. 13 with a gigantic yard sale on the Kingston Campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and plans a first day on the job for the new "builders" next Saturday at the Habitat home site in Westerly. The yard sale will be held at the corner of Route 138 and Lower College Road, near the College's Child Development Center.

"This project captures the values that we stand for in the college," said Dean Lynn McKinney. It's a hands-on lesson that teaches and lets our students--and all of us--learn about the contributions we can make as individuals to improve the lives of others. Equally important is the impact that this work has upon each of us. The dimensions of our citizenship and of our caring for the well-being of all people are broadened and deepened."

This people-oriented college is committed to providing the more than 15,000 hours to build the home. The build will be staffed by about 20 students and others led by HSS faculty from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for each of the next 12 Saturdays. In fact, on the first day, Sept. 20, the builders will be freshmen enrolled in a URI 101 class taught by Communicative Disorders Dept. Chair Jay Singer and Asst. Professor Colleen Karow. Other HSS faculty teaching URI 101 classes this semester will also work on the house with their students as well as with HSS students and others. The goal is to complete the family's home early next year, with a dedication in the spring.

As the teams of volunteers wield hammers and drills, the house fundraising committee will likewise be hard at work toward raising $35,000 for the effort. The yard sale is just one of the events planned. Other activities including a house-pin sale, a concert and more will continue throughout the year. Donations to the College's Habitat effort are welcomed and can be sent to Associate Dean Susan Roush, 116 Quinn Hall, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I., 02881.

"The enthusiasm here is infectious," said Roush who chairs the college's habitat steering committee. "It has strengthened the community service ethic throughout the college and has brought people from different departments together to focus on something outside of their own areas. At a recent back-to-school social event, HSS faculty and staff enjoyed a display of the house blueprints and photos and other mementos from our fundraising efforts to date. As a result, the house plans and blueprints have been shared with all every step of the way.

"It has even moved some faculty and staff to involve their families, as last spring saw children of HSS staff and faculty participating in a Habitat Bowl-a-thon. Also, a local Cub Scout Pack, led by an HSS staff member, has plans to take photos each Saturday to help educate people about the habitat venture," Roush added.

Now 25 years old, URI's College of Human Science and Services offers degree programs that prepare students for professions in three basic areas: teacher education, health-related fields, and fields evolving from the University's land-grant mission in home economics. The College currently enrolls about 2,000 undergraduate and 375 graduate students.

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