In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting volunteer activities. We are continually evaluating the current health pandemic and government regulations to keep our volunteers and partner families as safe as possible.
App Builds a Home is a partnership between Appalachian State University and Watauga County Habitat for Humanity to help local partner families build safe, affordable homes. In the App State tradition of community partnerships, this home build is a tangible commitment to our community and an opportunity for a campus-wide project to bring together students, faculty, staff, and alumni to help build a home for a local family.
Walls Up 2021
Our first annual Walls Up Build Week was a wild success! Thank you to volunteer teams from the Geography and Planning department, the Office of Sustainability, Orientation, the Wesley Foundation, Advising, and Student Affairs for helping to build the walls to Sheila's home!
2021 Student Organization Leadership Awards
We are excited to share that App Builds a Home has been awarded the 2021 Community Impact Award! This award recognizes a club that has contributed time, support, or money on a local level to better the Boone community.
Kayla McDougle, one of the ABAH co-directors, was also awarded the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award. This prestigious award is designed to recognize an outstanding member within an organization for all of their individual hard work. This award is presented to a student that, through their achievements, makes a valuable contribution and lasting impact on the Appalachian State University campus and/or surrounding community.
All of us on the ABAH advisory board are thankful for the opportunity to serve the local community and are proud to be recognized by App State's Office of Campus Activities and Club Council!
Meet Sheila Potter!
For year two, App Builds a Home is building a home for one of our own, App State employee and lifelong resident of the High Country, Sheila Potter. Sheila’s home site has been in her immediate family for over 50 years.
It means the world to Sheila to build on her own land. “I can still be close to my mom, but the privacy and independence of having my own home is such a blessing.” Sheila is most excited about having her own bathroom and having a place for her grandson to come spend the night.
Sheila has been an Appalachian State University employee since 2016. Prior to that, she worked at Hospitality Mints and Mabel Elementary School.
ABAH officially broke ground on the Potter home this October. To watch the groundbreaking video, check out the "Potter Home" tab at the top of this page!