Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FAMU and FSU Joined Forces to Build a Home with Habitat for Humanity

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President James H. Ammons and Florida State University President Eric J. Barron gave a helping hand during the “Historic Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Tallahassee Co-Build” sponsored by FSU and FAMU Campus Chapter HFH Co-Build.

The two universities joined forces to work on a home for Lateshee Daniels, who said she was thankful for the assistance by the two schools.

“It feels great to see them working together,” said Daniels, who left early to attend a homeowners’ workshop that is required through the program. “It’s just awesome.”

President Ammons, along with his wife, Judy Ammons, Provost Cynthia Hughes Harris, FAMU HFH advisor Phyllis Reaves and nearly 20 FAMU students, worked on the landscaping for Daniels’ homes.

“It was important to come out to not only complete the house we’ve committed to build, but to complete our mission with Habitat for Humanity,” said Reaves. “It warms our heart to see that Dr. Ammons is just as active of a participant as we have been in the past. It is good to know that we have his support in all of our efforts. It is really just a blessing to have such a supportive administrator.”

Reaves presented President Ammons with his own hard hat.

Alicia Alexander, a FAMU pre-pharmacy student from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said she enjoys participating in the build.

“It’s important to give back to the community,” said Alexander, 20. “With this project, you get to leave a piece of yourself with somebody who really needs your help and benefits from you giving that time. I didn’t know Dr. Ammons was going to be here. It’s great to work hand-in-hand with him.”

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