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First "Bowdoin Build" Home Dedicated

Story posted June 23, 2003

For years Bowdoin College students have pounded nails, shingled roofs and painted walls as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

But the Sunday, June 22, dedication of a new Habitat home in Bowdoinham was particularly special for the College community because it marked the first Habitat home sponsored by the "Bowdoin Build."

The Bowdoin Build home is the Bath-Brunswick Area Affiliate's 17th volunteer-built house since the affiliate's founding in 1990. Bear Hands, the Bowdoin College Chapter of HFH, became an official Campus Chapter in 2001, and has since raised roughly $40,000 to pay for building materials and other construction-related costs of the Bowdoinham home. Bowdoin students, faculty and staff have been among the many volunteer builders at the site since groundbreaking on September 11, 2002.

Claire Black ’04, co-chair of the Bowdoin Build, has said, “The amount of support that the Bowdoin community has poured into Habitat amazes me. Whether it’s a film studies class that raised a wall, a chemistry lab instructor who shingled the roof, or the economics professor who danced with his wife at our Spring Fling, individuals have clearly shown that they are committed to helping to eliminate poverty housing.”

The three-bedroom ranch-style house will be the home of Jason and Jennifer Cloukey of Bath, and their four children Naomi, Elijah, Jonas and Tamra, whose ages range from 8 to 2.

For information visit the Habitat for Humanity/Bath-Brunswick Area Web site at

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