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Eastern Habitat for Humanity Partners to Paint

 Written by Allison Kelly          


 Willimantic, Conn. - On Saturday, April 25, students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Habitat for Humanity Club and members of the Willimantic Lions Club will form a Partnership for Humanity to paint several rooms in the home of an elderly person who lives on Summer Street in Willimantic.

            Although this is the first collaboration between these two local organizations, Lions International has had an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity International since 1999. The Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) has committed $12 million to build homes for people having a family member with a disability. A total of 803 homes in Canada, Korea, Poland, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Philippines, United States, Hungary and Romania have been built through the Lions-Habitat partnership.

            According to Eastern Chemistry Professor Charles Wynn, who is also chairman of the Willimantic Lions Club, "It will be rewarding for all of us to have the opportunity to brighten up the living space of a Willimantic resident who has lived in the same house since 1937. It will also be a great opportunity for Willimantic Lions to meet a group of Eastern students who have been making a difference in the community and for those students to learn about the world's largest and most active service organization."


            Lions Clubs International has nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. 

            For information about the Willimantic Lions Club, please contact Club President Colin Rice at 456-1111.  For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit its web site at

            For information about the Eastern Connecticut State University chapter of Habitat for Humanity, contact Peter Bachiochi, faculty advisor, at 465-4551. For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, visit

            Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry.  Habitat welcomes all people - regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference - to build simple, decent, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 houses, providing shelter for more that 1.5 million people in more than 90 countries around the world.

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