Volunteers needed for inaugural service project

Plans are shaping up for Emory's Habitat for Humanity Project, which will celebrate the service component of the University's mission during the inauguration festivities for President Bill Chace. In a demonstration of the personal nature of the University's support for this service project, individual volunteers are being sought from among students, faculty, staff and administrators throughout the University to help construct the house.

Approximately 30 Emory volunteers are needed for each of the eight Saturdays, Feb. 4-March 25. The house will be built on a lot on Henry Aaron Drive, near Westview Cemetery off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Habitat for Humanity officials worked to find a site for the home in the Washington Cluster, which is Emory's Atlanta Project partner. They had contracts on several lots, but ran into title difficulties and were not able to purchase the property.

Each school or division has been assigned to a workday, and volunteer coordinators for each school are in place (see chart). Call the volunteer coordinator to sign up to work and receive detailed information. Each coordinator is signing up 10-15 people on a first-come, first-signed up basis.

Volunteers w ill meet at the Dobbs Center at 7:30 a.m. to be transported by van to the work site. Volunteers may drive to the site, but parking is limited. Each work day begins at 8 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Volunteers must be on time, as instructions are given at the beginning of the workday and insurance forms must be signed. Lunch is provided at noon and portable toliets are available on site. No Saturday workdays are cancelled in advance due to adverse weather.

Additional volunteers who can drive vans are needed each Saturday to drive the workers to the site at 7:30 a.m., return to campus mid-morning to pick up lunches that have been provided by ARAMARK, take the lunches to the work site and bring volunteers back to campus at the end of the day. To volunteer to be a van driver, call Rod Gary, Facilities Management, at 727-7475.

The dedication ceremony for the house is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 1.

--Jan Gleason