Twenty years ago, a handful of NC State students aimed to raise awareness of the issue of affordable housing by building and living in a shack on the Brickyard.
That single action has evolved into Shack-A-Thon, an annual fundraising event taking place this week on campus.
Students from more than 45 organizations have constructed 19 shacks on the Brickyard. They’ll live in their creations around the clock, welcoming visitors — and donations.
Shack-A-Thon has raised more than $450,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, in partnership with the NC State chapter. This year’s goal? An ambitious $65,000 to fully fund the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home.
As of Wednesday, the students had raised nearly $23,000. Two challenge grants will provide a boost along the path to their fundraising goal. When the total hits $50,000, two NC State alumni will kick in an extra $5,000. And when the students raise $60,000, NC State Athletics will seal the deal with a $5,000 donation.
The NC State Habitat for Humanity chapter has helped sponsor and build 34 homes through Shack-A-Thon. This year, you can help make home number 35 a reality.