Willimantic, CT – – The Willimantic Lion’s Club and students from Eastern Connecticut State University’s Habitat for Humanity Club formed a partnership for humanity on April 13 to paint several rooms in the homes of senior citizens who live on Lebanon Avenue in Willimantic.
This is the fourth collaboration between these two local organizations. “It was rewarding for all of us to have the opportunity to work together to brighten up the living space of Willimantic senior citizens,” said Charles Wynn, chairman of the Partnership for Humanity Willimantic Lions Club and professor of chemistry at Eastern. “It was also a great opportunity for Willimantic Lions to meet a group of Eastern students who have been making a difference in the community, and for those students to learn about the world’s largest and most active service organization.”
Lions Club International has 1.35 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 207 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For information about the Willimantic Lions Club, visit www.willimanticlionsclub.org or www.lionsclub.org or contact Colin Rice, membership director at (860)-456-1111.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people — regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or any other difference — to build simple, decent, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 1.5 million people in over 90 countries around the world. For information about the Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitat.org. For information about the Eastern chapter, contact Peter Bachiochi, faculty advisor at (860)-465-4551.
Eastern Connecticut State University is the state’s public liberal arts university. Eastern serves more than 5,400 students each year on its Willimantic campus and satellite locations.