Campus Campout to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News
Photo of members of Alpha Tau Omega.

Members of Alpha Tau Omega during their 2015 event

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Members of Western Michigan University's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will camp out for 48 consecutive hours next week to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity.

The ATO brothers say they hope to raise $5,000 and are prepared for any weather—if necessary, to be "freezin' for a reason."

The 2017 campout will take place at the Campus Flagpoles, located between Kanley Chapel and the Lee Honors College, from noon Monday, March 13, to noon Wednesday, March 15. Passersby can make a donation as well as visit the campers and learn more about Habitat for Humanity.

"Alpha Tau Omega has been involved with Habitat for Humanity with our event Campus Campout for the last 14 years. We continue to do this event to continue to show our support for Habitat for Humanity and the great Kalamazoo community," David Luplow, ATO's philanthropy chairman says.

"As part of the Kalamazoo community, we want to give back and help make this a better place for all. Campus Campout is a great way to see our hard work pay off and watch the proceeds go directly back to our community to help those who need it most."

To donate

  • In person—Go to the campout site and drop off a donation.
  • By credit card—Visit habitatkalamazoo.org, click Support Us then Donate Now. Enter ATO, ATΩ or Campout in the appropriate box.
  • By Check—Mail a check made payable to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, with ATO in the memo space, to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, 1126 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048.

About the organizations

WMU's ATO chapter began in 1995 and has more than 60 active members. The fraternity started the Campus Campout in 2003 to raise funds in support of volunteer efforts by its members and WMU students to aid Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity. For more information, visit wmich.collegiatelink.net/organizations.

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabilitates and repairs homes in Kalamazoo County, the cities of Otsego and Plainwell, and Gun Plain and Otsego townships. It numbers among more than 1,850 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. For information, contact the local Habitat office at (269) 344-2443 or visit habitatkalamazoo.org.

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