UNC Habitat for Humanity is hosting their second annual Carolina Blueprint Shack-A-Thon to raise money for a local branch of the organization.
The week-long event invites campus groups to compete against one another to raise the most money to benefit the Orange County branch of Habitat for Humanity while living in self-built plywood shacks in The Pit. Participants began constructing their makeshift homes on April 8 and will take turns living in them continuously until April 14.
“Our main goal is to engage all these different clubs and organizations from all over campus. We have ROTC groups, we have Greek groups, we have a business fraternity and a pre-health organization, just to name a few,” said Sarah Renfro, co-director of Carolina Blueprint. “We want to engage all these clubs in supporting the affordable housing cause in the Chapel Hill community.”
UNC Habitat partners with the Orange County branch to build houses in the local community and uses the proceeds from this specific fundraiser to build a house for a UNC staff member.
Though Carolina Blueprint has drawn criticism and accusations of trivializing homelessness in the past, Renfro said the purpose of having teams build and live in the shacks is to educate participants about affordable housing. Renfro also said increasing participants’ exposure to power tools and methods of construction encourages students to participate in future Habitat builds.