A major goal of the organization this year is to connect various parts of the UNC community to the efforts of Habitat.
“I think the biggest thing is we’d love for people on campus to take a personal responsibility toward the project, to help with fundraising, going out to the builds and really putting in extra effort,” said co-chairperson Matt Coleman.
Their new fundraising endeavor is a virtual online tournament called Racery. Through this application, student groups and clubs can help fundraise by making teams, running 1,000 miles and logging the miles they run on a virtual map of North Carolina.
Alex Mitchell, a co-chairperson of UNC Habitat for Humanity, said the group is also partnering with various schools within UNC, such as the School of Information and Library Science, to help raise funds and contribute volunteers.
The group will be working closely with Orange County Habitat for Humanity to build the 10 houses in Northside neighborhood.
Building in this location is significant because it is so close to the UNC campus, Mitchell said. This allows students easy access to the build sites and to feel more connected to the project.
“Usually we would drive 45 minutes to Efland in Orange County, but now you can walk 20 minutes and also make an indelible mark on the Chapel Hill community,” he said.
Building affordable houses in Northside plays an important role in building and maintaining the community, said Mark Peifer, UNC Habitat faculty advisor.