Recycle Holiday Lights for Habitat for Humanity Restore

In addition to building a float for the annual Green Bay Holiday Parade, UW-Green Bay’s Parade Committee and the student organization Habitat for Humanity, will be helping to recycle holiday lights for Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Collection boxes will be available this week through mid-January throughout the Green Bay Campus. Committee members hope that the other campuses will join in on the community service event and collect lights for their regional Restore.

Habitat for Humanity Restore accepts any working or nonworking holiday lights. Please don’t throw unused lights in the trash stream. This program runs year-round, but the holiday season is the most sought after time of the year for donations.

 If you have any holiday lights that you are willing to donate, please consider doing so!

These are the locations you can drop your lights off in the designated bins:

Cofrin Library 2nd floor plaza level
Cofrin Library 1st floor alcove level
Laboratory Sciences Lounge Area
Outside the GAC Lab
Rosewood Cafe
Student Life Office
Union Ticketing and Information Desk

This article originally appeared in “Inside UW-Green Bay News” on Nov. 8, 2019

Habitat for Humanity

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity builds new construction homes in the Green Bay area and sells them to qualified families at no profit. The Habitat program provides benefits to our partner families and the Green Bay community. Families benefit from decent, affordable housing while the community benefits from the redevelopment of neighborhoods and an increase in tax revenue. The Habitat program does not give houses away. Families must spend “sweat equity” hours helping to build their home, pay a $900 down payment and make monthly mortgage payments. Homes are made affordable due to the volunteer labor used to build the home and the 0% interest mortgage provided by Habitat. To see what we’re working on now, check out our Current Builds page!

Habitat homes are build according to these three standard principles:

  1. Simple:
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  2. Decent:
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  3. Affordable:
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

The first step in becoming a Habitat homeowner is to attend an informational Application Meeting. At the informational session, you will find out about our program, see what a typical Habitat home looks like, and learn how to accurately complete your application. Applicants and co-applicants must attend a meeting to receive an application; you will have 30 days from that date to turn in your completed application and required documents.  This meeting will take approximately 1 hour.  The application process takes approximately 60-90 days from the date Habitat receives your completed application. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact familyservices@greenbayhabitat.org.