BC Habitat for Humanity chapter stresses community involvement

BC Habitat for Humanity chapter stresses community involvement

Tue Mar 4, 2014

Brazosport College has a number of organizations for students to become involved with. The school’s newest organization, however, is not only for the students, it also benefits the community.

The Habitat at BC campus organization kicked off this past October and is focused on community service projects. The campus chapter is a student-led and student-initiated organization, and partners with Habitat for Humanity of Southern Brazoria County to help build and repair homes through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

The idea of a Habitat for Humanity chapter at Brazosport College is the brainchild of BC student Lanie Smircic.

“I wanted to start a new campus organization that involved community service, and BC’s Student Life Coordinator Kelli Forde mentioned to me that Habitat was interested in starting a campus chapter,” Smircic said. “It was from that conversation that Habitat at BC was born.”

Since its start, Habitat at BC volunteers have participated in three home builds and plan to attend many more.

“Habitat at BC provides students a means to get involved outside of the classroom with a nationally known organization,” Smircic said. “They get to experience community service and understand how it makes a positive impact on our community.”

The Habitat at BC chapter has four primary functions, which include building, fundraising, advocating and educating others about the mission of Habitat for Humanity International.
The BC chapter also will be traveling to Corpus Christi to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s alternative spring break program, the Collegiate Challenge. During this trip, students will partner with Habitat for Humanity of Corpus Christi on a home build.
To learn more about Habitat at Brazosport College, contact Smircic at lsmircic8048@brazosport.edu .