For the past few years, Stetson University’s Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has held an annual Birdhouse Building Competition as part of the Gillespie Museum’s Earth Day. This competition is open to teams of students from Stetson or members of the DeLand community to build birdhouses with all proceeds from the event going toward building houses for those in need with Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity and West Volusia Habitat for Humanity. This year we partnered with the Innovation House to build all the kits for participants. Traditionally, each team has the option of going with a birdhouse kit which contains all the supplies and instructions to build a standard birdhouse or pulling from a parts bin which has mismatched lumber that can be creatively assembled into a birdhouse. This year there were three kit designs which can be seen in the pictures.
Over the course of a few weeks we were able to create 50 kits using measuring tools, saws, and the drill press from the Innovation House. There are always difficulties encountered and this year was like any other. Standardizing the kits to all pull from one board size proved more challenging than originally thought and it was hard to recruit teams before the event. However, there are also little successes along the way. The drill press made drilling the holes in the front of the birdhouses much faster and simpler than it had been in previous years. This year 12 birdhouses were assembled (lots of kits left over for next year) and raised more than $50 to build real houses. Overall, we were glad to work with the Innovation House for this project and look forward to working on other projects with them in the future. If you would like more information about Stetson University’s Habitat for Humanity please look us up on Facebook (Like us for future updates!) and you can join our email list on HatterSync.