Starting in 1995, the ISU-IWU Habitat student chapters, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of McLean County have built at least one home every year in McLean County. Student volunteers work on every aspect of the project, including landscaping, framing, siding, roofing, drywall, insulation, and trim. Currently, we are working on building our 20th home.
Campus chapters raise funds from the Bloomington-Normal community to pay for construction. Each Habitat Home in McLean County costs approximately $66,000 to build.
The ISU and IWU campus chapters do most of their work in partnership with the McLean County chapter of Habitat. Since 1985, Habitat McLean has built over 100 homes.
In 2006, the partnership of ISU, IWU, and McLean County Habitat for Humanity was the first finalist for the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration.