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Habitat for Humanity Founder to Speak at ­­­­­­­­­­Kent State University (09/25/2009)

Clive Rainey, a founder of Habitat for Humanity International, will speak at Kent State University on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center. Rainey will share his experience with volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in 3,000 communities with safe, decent and affordable shelter. The event is free and open to the public.

Rainey first joined Habitat for Humanity International in April 1977 as the organization's first volunteer. He served as chair on a family selection committee for a Christian community called Koinonia. There, Rainey introduced the concept of "sweat equity," which focuses on building quality homes in partnership with families in need.

"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can," Rainey said.  "I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake."

Melissa Martie, public relations committee chair for Habitat for Humanity of Portage County, said the speaking engagement is a good opportunity for Rainey to connect with the Kent State community.

Rainey's other contributions to the growth and expansion of Habitat for Humanity International include housing projects in Kinshasa, Zaire and northern Uganda. Rainey currently promotes the benefits of getting involved with Habitat for Humanity and its 21st Century Housing Challenge through speaking engagements.

For more information on this event, contact Ann Gosky at or Melissa Martie at For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit

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Media Contact: 
Ann Gosky,, 330-672-8004
Melissa Martie,, 330-990-5736



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