Franklin College was presented the Caring Heart Award from Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the annual More than Houses Breakfast in Greenwood, Ind.
The Caring Heart Award is given annually to an individual, organization or group that exemplifies, on an ongoing basis, the mission of Habitat for Humanity through volunteer hours, leadership, fundraising, awareness building and advocacy.
In 2006, students from Franklin College worked to create partnerships and support to establish a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Johnson County. The college continued its support throughout Habitat’s journey on campus and across the county, stepping up to help fill any need it could.
“Franklin College and Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County have walked the path of growth together hand-in-hand.,” said LeeAnn Wilbur, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County. “Habitat has had a huge presence on the Franklin College campus, having over 15 percent of the campus participate in a build day with Habitat and over 25 percent of the campus involved in some sort of Habitat activity each year.”
Recently, a team of 20 women employed at Franklin College raised money and worked the Habitat Women Build in Franklin. College faculty, staff and students have also served as volunteers for the Soup Bowl Benefit, the Chili Challenge, the More than Houses fundraising breakfast and numerous home builds, helping those in need across the county.
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Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County is a nonprofit Christian organization that works in partnership with families under the conviction that every person should have a simple, decent place to live in safety and dignity. Established in June of 2006, the affiliate has built twelve homes across the county in an effort to eliminate sub-standard housing. With builds in Greenwood, Franklin and Edinburgh, the affiliate is excited to extend its reach across the county, lifting up hard working families to an opportunity of home ownership. Inquiries may be directed to the Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County office in Franklin at (317) 736-4454.
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis. The college prepares men and women for challenging careers and fulfilling lives through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 36 majors, 39 minors and 11 pre-professional programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu.