Volunteers come from all corners of the community to give back

Habitat for Humanity volunteers from Purdue teamed up with members of the Central Presbyterian Church today.

Posted: Sep 15, 2018 7:08 PM
Updated: Sep 15, 2018 11:40 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Habitat for Humanity volunteers from Purdue teamed up with members of the Central Presbyterian Church today.

Originally the goal was just to complete one house frame structure, but that quickly grew into two house frames and four sheds. Workers said it took the group until mid-afternoon to get it all complete.

Those passing by were encouraged to take a free snack from their refreshment table and enjoy as a musician sang and played on his guitar.

Many of the volunteers are Purdue students who are part of the university's Habitat chapter. Still coming out to give back to this community despite it being a football game day.

Maddie Brown is the president of the club. She said when the chapter faculty advisor, John Pomery, came to them with the idea of teaming up with the congregation of Central Presbyterian, they decided to run with it.

Brown is also a third year professional student in the college of pharmacy at Purdue. She says despite being a full-time student, she enjoys motivating her peers to also take time to give back to the community.

“Getting a lot of students out here volunteering that's just one of the biggest things I wanted to do,” she said. “To see how many students get out on a Saturday morning with all the traffic going by and there is a football game coming up tonight, it's awesome to see how many students are out here.”

Brown said even though she is not from the Greater Lafayette area, she still thinks it’s important to volunteer to help those less fortunate.

Pomery is also a member of the congregation at the church. He said he likes to see people from all corners of our community come together to give back.

“I think it's a wonderful sight. I think part of what Habitat's ministry should be and Central Presbyterian’s ministry to work together and make a difference,” he said.

They did most of the work in the parking lot across the street from the church. Pomery says this was an intentional decision, saying that they want to be as visible as they can in the community.

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