Shack-A-Thon is an annual student-run fundraiser that started at North Carolina State University in 1998 with one roughly-built 10 x 10 shed type structure—or shack—and a few passionate students who wanted to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing in the community. For the past 20 years since its inception, the event has raised almost half a million dollars for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. The Habitat at NC State Chapter, which organizes the event, is the largest university chapter in the country and has helped sponsor and build 22 Habitat homes since its founding in 1991. The event is part of a long-standing partnership between the university and Habitat Wake.
Each year, student groups gather to build and erect shacks on the Brickyard—NC State’s famous common area courtyard. Besides building the shacks, they are challenged with having at least one member of their group remain in the shack 24 hours a day for five week days. They use this as motivation to individually raise funds. Community donors root for their favorite student group and spur them on by donating money.
For more information about Shack-a-thon or to donate to a student group, visit http://shackathon.org/ .