Coronavirus information:
The university remains open, with emergency management protocols activated and operational modifications and precautions in place. Instruction has transitioned online for summer sessions. Read the latest update posted 5/27/2020 at 3:50 p.m.

Read the Student Affairs Covid-19 Response. Updated March 31, 2020 at 9:20 a.m.

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending all volunteer activities including construction until further notice. We are continually evaluating the current health pandemic and government regulations to keep our volunteers and partner families as safe as possible. 

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App Builds A Home is a campus-wide partnership with Watauga County Habitat to build a Habitat home for a local family in need. The students, faculty, and staff of Appalachian State University come together to design, fund, and build the home. In the Fall of 2020, we will begin construction on our 2nd ABAH home! To learn more about how you can support this project, email or keep browsing through our website.

An Update on App Builds a Home: 

In this time of crisis and shelter-in-place guidelines, a safe home is more important now than ever. App Builds a Home is honored to help local families build affordable and safe homes.

Barker home: Home completion is scheduled for mid-May with a Virtual Home Dedication on May 30th. Everyone is invited to join that celebration as the Barkers move into their new home! Check the ABAH website soon for details about the virtual event.

Potter home: We will begin the 2nd ABAH house for Sheila Potter, an Appalachian State University employee, in the fall of 2020. We will kick off the Potter home build with a Blitz Build this coming September.

App Builds a Home wants to thank everyone from this university and the community for their continued support during these difficult times. We encourage you to stay involved, find out how at



6th Annual Big Kahuna Campaign 

One of Watauga Habitat for Humanity's biggest fundraisers is the Spring Big Kahuna Campaign. Community-minded “movers and shakers” participate in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money to support our affordable housing program.  Over the past five years, Kahunas have raised more than $200,000.

This year nineteen affordable housing advocates have joined together to create teams to make the 2020 Kahuna Campaign just as successful as year’s past. The winning team will be announced on Wednesday, June 10th! Social distancing, due to COVID-19, has created a challenge but our Kahunas are still “ready to rumble” as the 2020 Kahuna Campaign goes VIRTUAL.

Now, more than ever, people need a safe place to call home. Families need affordable housing so that they can afford to put food on the table, pay their medical bills and pay for their children's education. We cannot let COVID-19 stop this important Spring Fundraising Campaign! Support a Kahuna and support safe housing at the same time!

100% of your donation goes directly to Watauga Habitat for Humanity.

With your generous donation, we can help make sure more families in our community have a safe place to call home.

Visit for more information! 

Apr 24
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App Builds a SECOND Home! 

Great news! The App Builds a Home project has been renewed for a second year! In the Fall of 2020, we will begin construction on a second ABAH home, but for now we need your help! Though construction won't begin for several months, we must begin planning and fundraising now. 

We have formed an advisory board of over 30 ASU students, faculty members, and alumni to plan and execute the building of this home. The advisory board consists of three committees: fundraising, marketing, and outreach. Descriptions and current members of each of these committees can be found under the "Potter Home" tab at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining the advisory board, please reach out to any committee chair or email 

Fundraising also starts now! If your group or organization is interested in hosting a fundraiser, you will find more information under the "Get Involved" tab at the top of this page. Direct donations can also be made here

Thank you for your investment in the App Builds a Home project and we look forward to building a home alongside YOU!

Mar 16
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It might sound crazy, but construction has begun! 

The weekend of September 21st and 22nd, over 200 volunteers joined together to pull off a construction miracle. Various members of the Appalachian State community put their blood, sweat, and tears into the framing, sheathing, and siding of the App Builds a Home house. Beginning at 8am Saturday morning with only a foundation, these volunteers worked tirelessly so that by shortly after 6pm Sunday evening we were left with a fully framed and partially sided house. Work that typically would take around 4 months to complete was finished in just over 20 hours thanks to the dedication of the community. Joined by a team of approximately 50 "Crazies" - a group of Habitat volunteers who travel up and down the East Coast helping Habitat affiliates complete blitz builds like this one - workers were able to put up exterior and interior walls (including those on a second floor), install windows and doors, put up siding, and complete both the front and side porch of the home. Working alongside the family - the Barkers - it was a weekend we won't soon forget. Thank you to everyone who came out to help with the construction, and thank you to everyone who has supported App Builds a Home to date! We wouldn't have gotten this far without every single one of you. Together we are making a difference and helping a family achieve decent, affordable housing! 

Oct 9, 19
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Class Vs Class Fundraising Competition 

Throughout the week of September 16th the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes all competed in a fundraising competition to see who could raise the most money for App Builds a Home. Donors were able to sign framing studs that were used the following weekend to begin construction on the App Builds a Home house (pictured below). After a week of hard work, we were able to raise a total of $355.10! Although it was a close call, the class that came out on top and raised the most money with a total of $154.50 was the Junior class of 2021. Congratulations! For all of their hard work and dedication to raising the most money, representatives of the class of 2021 were able to spray paint their class year on the side of the App Builds a Home house during the Blitz Build weekend (pictured above). Thanks to everyone for your support and hard work in accomplishing this goal. It just shows how even one dime can make a difference in helping families achieve affordable housing! 

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Class of 2021 Board
Class of 2022 Board
Class of 2023 Board
Oct 9, 19
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Boone Build Bowl Brawl Winners

Round 3 of the Boone Build Bowl Brawl was another success! The event took place on Monday, September 16th at 10 High Country Lanes. The tourney consisted of 9 faculty and staff teams competing for the highly coveted golden hard hat. App Builds a Home appreciates the support of 10 High Country Lanes and all of the following offices for their participation:


Advising and Orientation

Alan & David

Psychology Department

Dean of Students

Social Work Department

ASU Book Store

Geography and Planning

Watauga County Habitat

The first place winner who claimed the golden hard hat trophy was Alan Brown and David Dickinson! Thanks to everyone again for their support and participation. Be on the lookout for more events like this throughout the rest of the semester.

Oct 9, 19
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Time To Get Crazy! 

The weekend of September 21st and 22nd, construction on the first ever Appalachian State Habitat House will officially kick off. This won't be a normal day on the build site, however. That's because a group called the Habitat Road Trip Crazies are coming to town to help us perform a feat of what some might consider a construction miracle. That's right, we will be attempting to build the entire frame of the App State Habitat House in just 48 hours. This means we should have all of the walls up as well as the roof, without all of the exterior finishes like siding or shingles. To some that might sound impossible, but to the Habitat Crazies, it's just another day on the job. The Habitat Crazies consist of a group of volunteers located mainly out of Lynchburg, Virginia who travel around the country to perform these "blitz builds" with different Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Over the course of that weekend of September 21st-22nd, 50 Crazies and over 100 Appalachian State volunteers will pull off this "crazy" weekend. With the help of the Habitat Crazies, the overall timeline of the build of this house should be shortened tremendously. A typical Habitat house in Watauga County takes around one year to complete, but, thanks to the Crazies blitz build weekend, this house could be completed in just four short months. If you are eager to be a part of this blitz build weekend, you can sign-up to volunteer by clicking here. 

Aug 25, 19
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