In 2013, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity will collaborate to build a home in The Woods at Golden Given, a 30-home sustainable-design housing community located approximately one and a half miles from the PLU campus. Upon completion, a community center will sit at the middle of the development, representing an avenue for ongoing engagement beyond the completion of the build. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will contribute $55,000 toward the project, while Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity will front $35,000. PLU has committed to raising $10,000 and offering at least 1,200 hours of service during 2013. This initiative highlights an opportunity to engage in philanthropy, direct service and advocacy on behalf of Pierce County housing issues.
This build will rely on involvement from the entire PLU community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, campus partners, and local congregations. These constituents are vital for us to meet our philanthropic, service, and advocacy goals. This opportunity models PLU’s steadfast commitment to educating for lives of service, to being a good neighbor in the Parkland Community and to recognizing the contributions of our community as a teacher and a laboratory for action and reflection.
- Raise approximately $10,000 in financial and gift-in-kind donations between January-August 2013 to invest in the development of a PLU-sponsored Habitat for Humanity home in The Woods development.
- Provide approximately 1000 volunteer hours (14 weeks * 12 volunteers * 6 hours) between August 2013-November 2013 toward the build. Volunteers will include students, staff, faculty, alumni, congregation affiliates, and community partners.
- Engage a minimum of five PLU courses (i.e. ENVT Studies, Communication, Social Work/Sociology, Business) in service-learning and/or community based research through The Woods development.
- Engage student affinity groups on campus (Athletics, Residential Hall wings, Men’s Project, Campus Ministry, etc.)
- Initiate a campus-wide initiative that demonstrates PLU’s commitment to “educating for lives of service”.
- Build awareness around Habitat for Humanity’s role in addressing housing issues in Pierce County.
- Uplift the contributions and services of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans among the broader PLU community.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a fraternal benefit society that helps members invest their resources wisely. One of the many unique aspects of Thrivent is that it functions similar to a nonprofit organization and they invest their profits each year back into the community. To learn more about Thrivent or to sign up to become a Thrivent Member, click here.
Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity connects families with decent and affordable homes in safe communities. Habitat families commit 500 hours of sweat equity to connect with financial and time contributions from supporters across the region. To learn more about Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, click here.
- Joel Zylstra (CCES)
- Dennis Sepper (Campus Ministry)
- Barbara Clemens (University Communication)
- Michelle Story (Alumni)
- Doug Page (PLU Development)
- Payton McGriff (H4H Student Chapter)
- Jennifer Thomas (Athletics)
- Jonathan Grove (PLU Men’s Project; Women’s Center)
- Bridget Yaden (Humanities)
- Nathalie op de Beeck (Humanities)
- Jason Gauthier (Habitat for Humanity)
- Kim Kennedy Tucker (ASC, Congregation Relations)
- Kim Green (Thrivent)
- Danielle Cryer (Marketing/Promotions Intern)
- Tiffany Lemmon (CCES)
Are you interested in volunteering your time to help out with the Habitat for Humanity build project? Please fill out one of the forms below and we will keep you updated with information about this project and future opportunities to volunteer.