Raise the Roof

Hey everyone it’s that time of the year again! This Thursday, February 17, Habitat for Humanity will be holding it’s annual “Raise the Roof” benefit concert in the law auditorium.

The entertainment starts at 7pm and lasts until 9pm while all proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity for their new fundraisers.  Dear Abbeys, Speak for Yourself, and the Bostones will be some of the various Boston University student groups to star in this one-night experience.

While watching the live entertainment, raffles will be held throughout the night for a chance to win prizes, including tickets to the Blue Man group, Top of the Hub, Hotel Commonwealth, and more! Boston’s local Upper Crust, Panera, and Raising Canes will cater food for this occasion.

Tickets will be sold the tomorrow for $5 in the GSU and $7 at the door.

Keeping Riley Concert Coming This Friday

Keeping Riley is a band out of New Jersey that’s currently in the middle of an East Coast college tour. They’ll be coming to BU with their friends, Harper Blynn as well as the BU Allegrettos to perform this Friday. It’s a great opportunity to donate to Habitat and Unicef, and have some fun with your friends before the Thanksgiving break. The event is from 7-9pm at Morse, so swing by before you head out for the rest of the night.

Tickets will be on sale in the GSU this Monday and Wednesday, 10am-2pm. We will be selling tickets for $5, and $7 at the door.

Keeping Riley’s Music – http://www.myspace.com/keepingriley

Keeping Riley’s Website – http://www.keepingriley.com/

Harper Blynn – http://www.myspace.com/harperblynn

Allegrettos – http://people.bu.edu/allegro/

Battlefield Run and Keeping Riley

Hey everyone out there, reading this right now. The masses of you all.

Just a reminder that the Battlefield Run is this Sunday. It’s a really great opportunity to contribute to Habitat, stay active and have some fun with friends along the way. For more information, email pnelson@bu.edu.Keeping Riley

Also, on November 19, the critically acclaimed Keeping Riley will be performing on behalf of Habitat and Unicef. The concert will be held in Morse at 7pm. These guys are really good, check out their music at  www.myspace.com/keepingriley or visit their website at www.keepingriley.com . Joining Keeping Riley will be BU’s Allegrettos. Should be a great time before the Fall Break.

Guess Who’s Back! Yessir. Habitat…. Hablogtat.

Well Hello,

How good it is to be back here, blogging away, about the latest news and events involving BU Habitat this semester. We just finished our second general meeting, in our new location at STH B19 on Commonwealth Avenue, and the year is finally off and running. We have a lot of new projects on the way, and the BU House in Dorchester on Rosindale is almost completely funded. As far as the near future goes, here’s what we have on our radar:

Build Trips will be heading out on October 17 and 24! They will be led by Katie Durand and John Dixon, very respectively. Come to our next meeting on the 12th to get your head in the game and sign up.

Last Year's Battlefield Run. NAHT.

Last Year's Battlefield Run. NAHT.

November 7 – We will once again be involved in the hugely successful annual run in Lexington. The “Lexington Battlefield Run” is a 5k/10k (that’s roughly 3/6 miles for my fellow respiratory challenged friends) and runs through the heart of Lexington. Last year the event was held on a beautiful Autumn day in New England, and it’s a great event to bring friends to and raise funds for Habitat. For sign up info, email habitat@bu.edu.

November 13 – We are on the verge of partnering in a fund raising event with UNICEF this Fall. The event will feature a live band called “Keeping Riley” at BU Central and we’re hoping to bring in a number of raffled-off items. Stay tuned on that one for more.

Lastly, we have a rumored destination for our Spring Break trip… I don’t want to give out any hints, but it rhymes with Shmabaica….

Not Smore Barrollina

Not Smore Barrollina

No, no it doesn’t. Sorry.

Smore Barrollina....mmmm

Smore Barrollina....mmmm

But it does rhyme with Smore Barrollina.

Twitter – @BUHabitat

Greater Boston Habitat Needs Some Help

Here’s a message from Lee, the Youth Program Developer at Greater Boston –

“We’re in need of some volunteer support here at our Habitat office (in the North End) over the next few days — and I thought that some of you might love to come help us out! We’re getting ready to send out our annual summer appeal letters — one of our biggest fundraisers. We could use your help (mostly stuffing envelopes, etc.) this Thursday (tomorrow!) or Friday (4/22 and 4/23). We’ll have morning and afternoon shifts — 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm, respectively — or, really, whenever you can come.”

You can contact Lee at:LogoHabitatNew
Lee Hofrichter
Youth Program Developer
Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston
240 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109
p: 617.423.2223 ext 11
f: 617.423.1044

Election Results, Sleep Out, and The Final Stretch

It’s crazy to think that we only have about four weeks left in the semester this year. Looking back at where Habitat stood on campus last September, we’ve clearly continued to make meaningful strides in reaching the $50,000 mark for the Dorchester Project and providing a wide range of build trips in order to compete with the enthusiasm of our members. We’ve been able to raise at least $15,000 since October and we hope that in the next few weeks we’ll be able to not only finalize the plans for a BU-funded affordable house in Dorchester, but begin setting new goals for the upcoming year.

These goals will be led by a Habitat E-Board in the Fall that welcomes four new officers with excitement. New to the E-Board officially in September, Katie Durand, Marshall Schurtz, Lynn Lim and Kanta Sangchuntr will assume the roles of fundraising chair, build trip coordinator, spring break coordinator and webmaster, respectively. We’re really happy to be welcoming four enthusiastic people to lead these roles and we look forward to finding new ways to contribute to our community and beyond.

The other five positions are filled with current officers with some movement. John Batoha and Lauren Harwood were elected as president and vice-president for their senior years, while Meg Downey has moved into her new role as secretary. John Dixon will continue as treasurer, and I will continue to publicize, as well as this wild blog we have here. With the combination of experience and enthusiasm on our Eboard, it’s safe to say our group will continue to be in good hands. It will be tough to see Zach, Nikki, and Rene graduate. Zach has led our group for two years now, shaping the progress of our group, but the three together account for so much of our success.

Sleep Out is less thanBU Habitat for Humanity 4.11.10 two weeks away! We’re really hoping that this is a huge campus wide event. If you haven’t read the emails, found the facebook event, or visited our website, all the information you could ever need can be found here : http://people.bu.edu/habitat/sleepout.html

Our next meeting will be Tuesday in STO B50 at 8pm, and we have two build trips left heading out with Greater Boston on April 17 and April 25, so make sure to come by and sign up.

That’s all for now, hope to see everyone soon at Sleep Out.

March Madness

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We hope that everyone had some great time off this Spring Break. Our trip of 22 that drove 30 hours down to Palm Beach, Florida has returned after what sounds like a very successful week. It’s great to hear all the stories about the week of building and contributing down there, it’s also clear that everyone had a great time too. This annual trip has proven to be hugely successful recurring event for Habitat and we’re very proud to offer it. Hopefully you all will be able to take advantage of it at some point during your time at BU! Pictures will be up soon…

ELECTIONS – hopefully the caps lock was eye catching just then. Elections for the Eboard will be at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 30 at 8pm. If you have any interest in the positions at all, please swing by and be prepared to make a brief speech on why you think you’re qualified. Positions include president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, fundraising, public relations chair, build trip coordinator, spring break coordinator, and webmaster.

The weather has started to turn this week so that’s all the more reason for wanting to do some building outdoors. We have Two build trips this Saturday, March 20 heading out to the Boston Rescue Mission and one with Greater Boston which will be led by Lauren and myself. Next Saturday John will be leading the trip to Merrimack Valley, so be sure to email him at jbatoha@bu.edu to see if there are spots remaining for any of the three trips.

alicia-keys-01Agganis Cleanup is this Monday night after the Alicia Keys concert. Let us know at habitat@bu.edu if you are interested in bringing some friends down to help cleanup after the show. It shouldn’t take too long. Rumors are that Alicia herself will be picking up trash with us.

Last but not least, Sleep Out, our three day fundraising event will be held Wednesday through Friday April 21-23rd. Start getting sponsors anytime now.

That’s about it for now. Please stay in touch and email for any questions

Raise the Roof and More

Habitat_Final_FlierJust a reminder, Raise the Roof is this Friday at 7pm in the Jacob-Sleeper Auditorium in CGS. We’re really looking forward to a great turnout and a fun night, so make sure you get your tickets at the GSU this week, or at the event.

The event will feature performances from Mustard Seed, Allegrettos, BU on Broadway, Speak for Yourself, MCM, Liquid Fun, the BosTones, amongst others. Slow Kids at Play will be your emcee for the night. Don’t forget, prizes and free food too.

We have two build trips left before Spring Break, one to Greater Boston and one to Merrimack Valley, both are on Saturday the 26th.

Other than that, we have a one meeting left before break on Tuesday, the 2nd at 8:00pm.

We hope that everyone heading on the Spring Break trip to Florida is getting very excited, you’ll be leaving in nearly two weeks!

February Update

We have a lot going on in February, sending out four build trips and holding Raise the Roof on February 19th.

Sign-ups have been held for our trips on the 6th and 13th, but make sure to swing by February 16th to sign up for our build trips on February 27th and 28th.

Raise the Roof is February 19th from 7-9pm at the Jabob-Sleeper Hall in CGS. Get your tickets quickly at the GSU before they run out. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. All proceeds will be going towards the BU Habitat House in Dorchester. With your help we’ve raised over $40,000 of the $50,000 needed to pay for the renovation of an affordable house for a family and need, so buy a ticket and make sure not to miss out on a night of great music and comedy.

We’d also like to thank everyone who came to sign up for our spring break trip, it’s an incredible opportunity and is sure to be a memorable week.

That’s all for now, stay tuned.

Spring Semester Kickoff is Tuesday at 8pm

Welcome back to BU everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready for what will be one of Habitat’s most productive semesters yet.

Being involved in our community is something that we should all be concerned with, and there’s no doubting that everyone involved in our chapter of Habitat has a positive impact on the Greater Boston area and beyond. Personally, there is nothing I would rather do right now than forget about my life for an extended period of time and head to Haiti to do anything I could to attempt to better the lives of those who have had their entire world crash down upon them this past week. This is a sentiment that I’m sure many Habitat members share at BU and across the country. However the situation in Haiti does not allow for easy infiltration of the country given the current state of the land. Instead of hands on volunteer relief, our president has said that a monetary contribution is the number one way we can help restore life in the country. In the mean time, Habitat at BU will be able to fulfill your immediate hands-on-rebuilding urges as keep the families and victims of the tragedy in Haiti in mind.

We’re really excited to be having 5-6 more build trips around the Greater Boston Area, so attend regularly to sign up! At the meeting tomorrow we’ll also be discussing Raise the Roof, which will be held a month from today on February 19th. The event will feature musical entertainment from all over campus and Boston. We’ll also be talking about our Spring Break trip to Palm Beach. Tomorrow will be your chance to learn how to sign up…

So we hope many of you turn out tomorrow for our kickoff meeting. Like I said, since we can’t be there now, let’s keep the people of Haiti in mind while we work on improving our community today.

See you soon!