URI volunteers donate time, money for Habitat

Posted 9/21/12

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Hundreds of volunteers from the University of Rhode Island donated 2,550 work hours and raised $84,000 recently to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Old North Village for a South County family of four.

“Habitat’s whole philosophy is ‘a hand up, not a hand out,’” said Rev. Lynn Baker-Dooley, president of URI president David Dooley, and a long-time Habitat volunteer, in a statement. “Having this project so close to campus really brings it into our neighborhood and made it very easy for our students to be involved from the start.”

The South County Habitat chapter was founded in 1990. URI Student Habitat followed soon after.

The new home will be owned by Cora and Jason Stone and their two young sons. Cora Stone is a nursing student at the Community College of Rhode Island who hopes to transfer to URI next year.

The couple committed 450 hours of sweat equity to the property in addition to purchasing a 25-year, zero-percent mortgage and paying taxes.

Habitat selects homeowners, who must live locally and be employed, based on different criteria.

“I am proud that we got the URI sponsored home,” Cora Stone said in a statement. “We both grew up here in South Kingstown and to have our children grow up in the same community in a home we can call ours is such an amazing feeling.”

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