Organization Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity



Nine students helped at a build site in Kentucky during spring break.

Amanda Bagnall-Newman, Layout Manager

Lakeland’s Habitat for Humanity club is making a comeback this semester.

With a new advisor ready to start fresh and club members excited to volunteer, the chapter plans to provide more volunteer opportunities to students and staff.

The Habitat group is now under the advisory of Rob Sizemore, campus chaplain and assistant professor of religion. Sizemore and other officers hope to reach out and help out locally.

“With transitions both in advisors here at Lakeland and directors at Lakeside Habitat, the local branch of Habitat that we are supposed to be involved with, our partnership with the broader Habitat organization has weakened over the years,” said Sizemore. “Lakeside and Lakeland’s chapter are committed to seeing that connection get stronger. This partnership with allow students to have more access and information about community service opportunities, and it also gives Lakeland greater visibility in the community.”

Lakeland’s chapter started in the early 90s, but stopped at the end of the decade until 2007 when it was started back up.

The group’s most popular event is their annual spring break trip to volunteer out of the state.

The location is determined by where the group is interested in going. Some places have include New Orleans; Branson, Mo. and Chapel Hill, N.C. This year, the group volunteered at several homes in Louisville, Ky.

All students are welcome to join the group, even if you cannot go on the trip.

If you would like to join Lakeland’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, contact Amanda Smith at [email protected]