A local fraternity plans to camp out next week in order to raise awareness and money for Habitat for Humanity.
Western Michigan University's Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) will camp out at WMU's flagpoles located next to the Wesley Foundation on campus from noon on Monday, Feb. 27 until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
"Our Campus Campout is designed to remind students on campus that while we are the privileged few that can attend college, not everyone is as lucky as we are. We sit outside day and night in the middle of campus for a few days no matter the conditions, to get that point across," said Michael Evans, ATO Vice President. "Students then don't just realize there are others less fortunate, but it allows them the opportunity to have a positive impact on the Kalamazoo area by donating to Habitat for Humanity."
The men will be accepting donations leading up to the camp out on the Kalamazoo Habitat for Humanity's website as well as from visitors at the camp out.
ATO hopes to exceed the $3,500 they raised at last year's campout.
"In years past we have been able to get a good amount of support from local businesses and our friends and family. This year we are striving for the same support from them, as well as more from our student body at Western so that we can truly have a huge impact on our community," said Evans.
Evans says he hopes the event will help inform WMU students that Greek community does a lot of philanthropic work in the community.
ATO began working with Habitat for Humanity in 2003 to raise money with their first Campus Campout. The money raised at the campouts helps Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity build the eight houses raised each year in Kalamazoo County.
Checks made payable to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity with ATO in the memo space can be mailed to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity at 525 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. ATO asks that if the public would like to donate to the cause via the website that they enter "ATO" or "Campout" when prompted.