DIGGING FOR DOLLARS: Students dig basement for Habitat for Humanity

Jun 5, 2001

Students rolled up their sleeves and dug in Saturday, June 2, to help Habitat for Humanity dig a basement for a new house and earn some dollars to fund a Kettering-sponsored Habitat house.

Students rolled up their sleeves and dug in Saturday, June 2, to help Habitat for Humanity dig a basement for a new house and earn some dollars to fund a Kettering-sponsored Habitat house. The Kettering University Political Awareness Club (PAC) sponsored the BIG DIG at the corner of Atherton and Red Arrow roads in Flint. Heavy rains slowed the digging, but didn't dampen the spirits of the 30 volunteer diggers.

The group had planned to dig 4,900 cubic feet of a basement for an 1,100 square-foot house at the site. Their goal Saturday was to dig the 35' X 35' basement to a depth of four feet, said event organizer Mike Potempa, a Senior II from Plymouth,Mich., majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Their long-term goal is to raise enough funds to build a house for Habitat for Humanity totally sponsored by Kettering University, said Potempa. They would like to begin building this fall.

The Saturday event was PAC's first fundraiser, with students taking pledges by the cubic foot. Other fundraising efforts include selling discount cards in conjunction with local businesses and seeking grant funding from local foundations, Potmepa said. "Dr. David Doherty, vice president of International Programs and Governmental Activities, has pledged the university will match our funds up to $25,000," he added.

PAC has been involved with Habitat for Humanity projects for two years, participating in a Detroit-area project last year and the Genesee County agency's 12-house building blitz in April near Foss Avenue.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
June 4, 2001
(810) 762-9865,dhibbard@kettering.edu