Student Uses Lessons From Home to Build Homes For Others

Jennifer Beth serves as the Souper Bowl director for the UW Habitat for Humanity. She works to coordinate and run an afternoon and evening filled with food, art and entertainment to bring the Madison community together for a great cause. However, her role in UW Habitat is much larger.

            Beth started out as a general member attending meetings with her roommate, but found many new friends in the organization. While her focus is the Souper Bowl event, which takes place the Saturday before the NFL Super Bowl, Beth still volunteers at all the other events UW Habitat for Humanity offers.

             “My family has always provided for me, and now I can give back to people who may not be as fortunate as I have been,” she says. Beth’s pay-it-forward attitude towards volunteering lets her see the big picture of UW Habitat for Humanity. She believes her organization is just one chapter making a difference. “We aim to eliminate the housing crisis, and address this on an international and social level through tithing and advocacy,” says Beth, who appreciates and works toward the four main goals of Habitat for Humanity International: raising funds, increasing awareness of substandard housing, call people to act to create change, and educate others about the mission and work of the organization.

             “The more time you put in, and the more involved you become makes the work you’ve done more important and rewarding,” says Beth.

For Beth, UW Habitat for Humanity has not only enriched her college experience, but also opened her eyes to the housing crisis that both our nation and the world face.

            However, her role has its rewards and she never forgets the difference she’s making in others’ lives. “Meeting the homeowners is a huge motivation,” she says. “Seeing all of your efforts go to work in making a family proud homeowners is the best reward one could possibly ask for.” Beth is certainly earning her reward, and passing it on to many others along the way.

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