EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UE) – To promote social responsibility and demonstrate how college students can make an impact in the community, the University of Evansville joined Habitat for Humanity of Evansville and broke ground this week on a new home.

The ceremony took place at the building site, 509 Covert Avenue. Representatives from the United Methodist-related University of Evansville and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville spoke, as did future homeowner, Sara Johnson, who will move into the home with her husband and their five children upon its completion.

The project marks the University of Evansville’s first-time contributing financially to a Habitat build. UE has committed $25,000 to the project: $12,500 from Student Congress and $12,500 from a gift from the Paul and Judy Estridge Foundation to support servant leadership projects.

UE will work with Ron Hollander, a 1972 alumnus and senior vice president of The Hollander Group at Hilliard Lyons, and his wife, Kathy, on the project in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The Hollanders have committed to raising the additional $55,000 needed for the build with the help of their family, friends and parish.

For more information, visit www.evansville.edu.