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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 are coming together to design, fund, and build the home.

App Builds a Home
Welcomes New Students at Orientation!


Come learn about App Builds a Home which is a campus/community partnership with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. The entire campus is coming together to design, fund and build a Habitat home for a local family in need. You can support this unique initiative by

  1. Taking a photo with the “Welcome Home” Yosef House for a suggested donation

  2. Buying items from the art sale located in the International Hallway (a portion of the proceeds will directly benefit App Builds a Home and the rest will support student artists!)

When you come to App State you not only come to the Appalachian community but the Boone community as well! This is a great way to give back to the place you or your student will call home for the next few years!

You don't need to go far to see the poverty in Watauga County and the need for affordable housing. Right now, Watauga Habitat can only afford to build one house per year by themselves, but we are going to double that! Boone has welcomed us into their community and now it's time to give back!

Learn more about Watauga County Habitat for Humanity and their impact on their webpage.

Exciting Update!! 

WOW! Our new fundraising total for the end of Spring semester is $11,642! We are well on our way to $60,000!! It is amazing to see our campus come together to give back to our community.

Thank you to all of our supporters so far!

Misty Mayfield

Chris May


American Institute of Architecture Students

American String Teachers Association/HSOM

Church in the Harvest

Communication Honor Society

Office of International Education and Development

Walker Fellows

Zeta Tau Alpha

Sigma Nu

Megan Laws

Dorothy Williams

Gamma Beta Phi Appalachian Chapter

Crossroads & Wired Scholar Coffee Shops

Pi Sigma Epsilon - Gamma Xi

NOUN Improv

Kappa Delta

Student Builders Association

Stick Boy Bakery & Kitchen

Wesley Foundation

L Orbovich

Alex Hooker

Beans to Brews


Christine Hyle

May 10
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ASTA Benefit Concert 

On April 15th the Appalachian Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) held a benefit concert called An Evening of Strings with all proceeds going towards the App Builds a Home project. The concert was highlighted by beautiful chamber music which students, faculty, and members of the community stopped by to enjoy. We are thankful to ASTA for their support of affordable housing in Watauga County. We are also grateful to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for providing the space to hold the concert. This concert is one of many ways the App Builds a Home project is continuing to bring the Appalachian campus and community together. 

May 1
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Boone Build Bowl Brawl

This is no April Fool’s Joke! On April 1st, 17 staff and faculty bowling teams, ranging from 2 people to 8 people, competed in the Boone Build Bowling Brawl at 10 High Country Lanes. All proceeds from the event benefit App Builds a Home. A total of $1088.60 was raised for the build through ticket and pizza sales! Teams played a two-game tournament for a hard hat trophy and major bragging rights. Fast BS from Business Systems won the tournament by 0.875 of a point. All other teams were awarded a sign of shame until our redemption tournament in the fall takes place. A big thank you goes out to 10 High Country Lanes, the ACT office, and the following offices:

Geography and Planning Department

Student Learning Center

App State Athletics

UREC - Get Wrecked

Writing Across the Curriculum - WAC

Fast BS - Business Systems

Student Engagement and Leadership Central Operations

College of Business

RCOE Dean’s Office

App State Bookstore

Appalachian Studies Department

General Education

Physical Plant

Office of Research

Advising & Orientation Office

Purchasing Office

Curriculum and Instruction Department

Everyone had a good time and supported a good cause! 

Apr 2
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Pat Yo'Self on the Back! Progress Updates and Upcoming Events!

Hello everyone!

App Builds a Home is making great fundraising progress and it's all thanks to YOU!

We have some upcoming events we would like to invite you and/or your organization/club to participate in!


Mar 29
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Friendly Competition

Beans 2 Brews, a student-run non-profit coffee shop in the Walker College of Business, and Pi Sigma Epsilon, the business fraternity on campus have engaged in a friendly fundraising competition for App Builds a Home. Pi Sigma Epsilon was the first to make a Raise the Roof pledge of $1000+, once Beans 2 Brews caught wind they hopped on board and challenged the business fraternity. Collin Cornelius, the President of Beans 2 Brews, said, "We have raised $675 so far and we plan (if everything goes according to plan) to start taking customer donations on this coming Monday [March 18th], matching up to a total of $500, although we'll gladly accept more."

In response to Collin's statement, Nelson Russ, President of Pi Sigma Epsilon, said, "B2B definitely has a strong head start from donations by volunteers, but we hope to come out on top. I think the competition is a great idea as it promotes friendly competition towards a great cause."

Stay tuned to see you wins on May 2nd which is when student pledge goals should be met! 

Mar 22
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On March 15th and 16th go treat Yo'Self to some Stick Boy to support App Builds a Home and Watauga County Habitat!

Mar 13
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Plemmons Student Union

Make your one-time or monthly donation here

  • $10 = Three 2X4s
  • $25 = Bucket of Nails
  • $50 = Closet Shelving
  • $100 = Single Window
  • $150 = Door Locks
  • $200 = Front Door
  • $250 = Bath Vanities
  • $500 = Box of Roof Shingles
  • $750 = Driveway
  • $1000 = Paint Supplies