Nashville Area Habitat Hosts Owen Graduate School of Management Orientation Service Project

A student orientation community service project for incoming class of MBA, MSF (masters of finance) and MAcc (master of accountancy program)

Media Contact:
Ashley Wester, Public Affairs Officer

Habitat for Humanity

Aug 16, 2010

First-year Owen graduate students will paint exterior trim on Habitat homes in Timberwood as part of the 26-house challenge to complete the 112-home community this fall. In April, an anonymous donor provided a $780,000 grant to fund half of this effort, with a challenge to the community to raise the other half.

WHERE: Timberwood, located at the corner of Moorewood Dr. and Rainwood Dr. in North Nashville

WHEN: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. NOTES: This is the fourth year Vanderbilt University has held orientation service projects with Nashville Area Habitat.

Last year, Owen Graduate School of Management students helped pre-build 225 walls for Nashville Area Habitat homes. In August 2007 and 2008, both Owen Graduate School and Vanderbilt University freshmen participated in wall builds. In October 2006, the Vanderbilt University student chapter of Habitat for Humanity (“Vandy Habitat”) built a home for Kristy Williams in Providence Park. Students worked for two years to raise the funds to build Williams’ home. Vandy Habitat built its first Nashville Habitat home 10 years earlier, in 1996.

Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity (NAHFH)
is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Since June 2010, the agency has built 449 homes for more than 1,500 family members, including nearly 1,000 children.

The agency consistently ranks in the top one percent of all Habitat affiliates and has earned honors including:

  • The ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 and the ENERGY STAR® Award for Sustained Excellence in 2010 from EPA and HUD
  • The 2009 HOPE Leadership Award for making outstanding contributions to increasing minority homeownership, revitalizing communities and expanding affordable housing opportunities. Winners were selected based on impact, innovation, minority focus, and contributions to affordable housing and minority acceptance.

Prior to becoming homeowners, Habitat partner families must complete up to 470 hours of "sweat equity" at the build site and in the classroom before purchasing their homes. To request an application or to receive more information about NAHFH, call 615-254-HOME (4663) or visit For information on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity go to or contact the local HUD office.

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