Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

September 6, 2007
Contact: Stacey Schmeidel
Director of Public Affairs

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College students, faculty and staff will come together for 24 hours—for a full day and night—of work at Amherst College’s first two Habitat for Humanity homes.

The 24-hour build party will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and conclude at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, with the raising of a wall at Amherst College’s second Habitat home.

Dubbed “24 at 24,” the event will be held at 24 Stanley Street in Amherst, the site of Amherst College’s Habitat for Humanity homes.

In 2005, Amherst became the first college in the country to donate land, as well as labor, to Habitat for Humanity. Over the next several years, four Habitat for Humanity homes will be built on the land. Amherst College students, faculty and staff will take the lead in the project, working with other volunteers and the Pioneer Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The 24-hour build party is part of two days of events celebrating the opening of Amherst College’s new Center for Community Engagement. Amherst College’s Center for Community Engagement was established to encourage the integration of ideals and action by involving hundreds of Amherst College students in community service through linked curricular and co-curricular programs. The center was established with a seven-year investment by the Argosy Foundation, led by John Abele ’59.

For a full schedule of weekend events, go to

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