Lycoming College business students organize Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

Lycoming College business students organize Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College business students, in response to the serious regional flooding in September, will partner with the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity to host Shack Art for Flood Effort and Relief (SAFER), on Friday, Nov. 4, from 5-9 p.m. at The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., Williamsport. The exhibit is part of the city's First Friday activities.

The event will showcase "shacks" which have been pre-constructed by area businesses and other community organizations. Attendees will be able to view the installations and even take part in painting the structures. There will also be food, prizes and live entertainment by musicians from the Uptown Music Collective and by Michael Tonart, a Lycoming student DJ.

SAFER is open to all ages and though admission is free, donations are encouraged.

The fundraising effort is one of several being conducted for local nonprofit organizations by student groups from Lycoming associate professor of management Dr. Neil Boyd's management organization behavior class.

The Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity works to reduce poverty housing in Lycoming County by building workforce housing (decent, affordable homes) for working low-income families using donated resources in a manner which increases family stability, self-sufficiency, empowerment, devotion to work ethic through their "sweat equity" requirement and raises the level of civic pride within the affected neighborhoods. Habitat families work with volunteers not only to build houses, but to build strong relationships as well.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.