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Eastern and Lions Club Support Habitat for Humanity

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University's Habitat for Humanity Club and members of the Willimantic Lions Club are partnering on a Habitat for Humanity project to paint an elderly person's home on Sept. 26 in Willimantic.

Although Habitat for Humanity International and the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) have collaborated since 1999, this Partnership for Humanity will be the first time the two local organizations have worked together. "It was rewarding for all of us to have the opportunity to brighten up the living space of an elderly Willimantic resident," says Charles Wynn, Partnership for Humanity chairman of the Willimantic Lions Club and chemistry professor at Eastern.

"It was also a great opportunity for the 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."

The LCIF has 1.3 million members in 205 countries and areas across the world. Besides raising $12 million to build houses for those who have a family member with a disability, the LCIF has engaged volunteers in their service helping the blind and visually impaired since its start in 1917.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian Housing ministry committed to building houses for those in need. Since its creation in 1976, the organization has helped more than 1.5 million people in more than 90 countries by building more than 300,000 houses.

To learn more about this project, contact Frank Mauro by calling (860) 423-2721 or emailing For more information about Lions Club International, visit For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, visit For information about Eastern Connecticut State University chapter of Habitat for Humanity, contact Peter Bachiochi, faculty advisor, at (860) 465-4551.



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