In November 1987, Baylor University in Waco, Texas became the first university to form its own student-led, student-initiated Habitat for Humanity organization. In December 1987, the Habitat for Humanity International board of directors approved the Campus Chapters department, and from that point the Campus Chapters program has continued to expand across the globe. High school students became a part of the Campus Chapters program in 1988 when Marist School in Atlanta, Ga., formed the first secondary school campus chapter.
A campus chapter is a student-run, student-led organization that forms a partnership with a local affiliate. Each campus chapter has four main functions:
Building Participating in Habitat for Humanity building projects offers chapter members hands-on opportunities to take part in Habitat’s mission and to see the tangible results of their labor. All campus chapter build projects must be done in partnership with a Habitat affiliate unless otherwise arranged with that affiliate.
Fundraising The ability to generate funds consistently plays a key role in Habitat for Humanity’s mission to eliminate poverty housing. All campus chapters are asked to raise funds to support HFH’s local work, and its work around the world.
Education Defined as informing your chapter, school and local community about the mission and work of Habitat for Humanity. Education is a crucial element for gaining community support and encouraging participation.
Advocacy Refers specifically to activities that raise awareness about poverty housing or attempt to influence laws. There are two types of advocacy: educational and political.
Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity works with 7 high school campuses: Clements HS, Elkins HS, Hightower HS, Ridgepoint HS, Seven Lakes HS, St. Agnes HS and Travis HS. To learn more about campus chapters, visit Habitat for Humanity International.
How do I start a campus chapter at my school?
In order to be officially recognized as a Habitat for Humanity campus chapter, your group must be chartered by Habitat for Humanity International.
- Step 1. Make sure your school does not already have a campus chapter.
Locate a campus chapter to search for your school. If your school is not listed, your school does not already have an active campus chapter.
- Step 2. Read the Prospective Campus Chapters Toolkit.
Before you apply to become a Habitat for Humanity campus chapter, be sure to read the Prospective Campus Chapters Toolkit. This toolkit is a collection of resources to help you learn more about the Campus Chapters program and start organizing your campus chapter. Once you follow the steps detailed in the Prospective Campus Chapters Toolkit, you will be prepared to complete the campus chapter application.
Download the Prospective Campus Chapters Toolkit (.pdf).
- Step 3. Complete and submit the application.
Once you have a complete understanding of the Campus Chapters program and have determined that your group is ready to apply, download the Campus Chapter Application.