Habitat and Wilson partner in latest project

Habitat For Humanity and Wilson College have built a 6×8 garden shed on campus to be placed at the 50th house built by volunteers in Franklin County.

The two organizations share a history of involvement. Current restrictions prohibited Wilson students from leaving campus to work at the milestone Habitat jobsite in Fayetteville, however.

So Wilson Chaplain Derek Wadlington and Habitat’s Mark Story dreamed up the idea of bringing Habitat to Wilson.

Bringing people together is central to Habitat’s and Wilson’s mission, according to Story, Habitat’s community engagement director.

Habitat and Wilson
Wilson students standing the first wall of the garden shed they helped build for Habitat’s latest home in Fayetteville. In the top featured photo, Mark Story, left, and Wilson Chaplain Derek Wadlington announce completion of the project. (Habitat photo)

“By offering a construction opportunity on campus, Habitat was able to provide a volunteer experience that would have otherwise been inaccessible to the students during these onerous days,” he said.

Chaplain funds and a generous anonymous donor with a strong Wilson connection funded the project, called SHED SOME LIGHT.

Students and staff both gave of their time, tallying 67 hours of volunteer labor. Project participants ranged in age from 18 to 80. Everyone had the opportunity to use a nail gun under the tutelage of Habitat Construction Manager Eric Strait.

Wilson College President Wesley Fugate drove the final nail and affirmed the partnership between the two entities. Esh’s Storage Barns volunteered their services to transportthe shed to its new home.

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About Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County:

HFHFC was formed in 1993. To dat the organization has served more than 125 low to moderate income individuals and families in Franklin County; and around the world.

This helps to achieve Habitat’s vision of “A world where everyone has a decent place to live;” and it ensures there is adequate affordable housing stock in Franklin County for everyone to live, work, worship, and play.

To learn how to make a difference in our local community through Habitat, contact the office at info@habitatfranklinpa.org or 717-267-1899. The office is located at 1502 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.