GCU teams up with Habitat for Humanity to improve hundreds of homes

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hundreds of homes will be getting a fresh makeover, thanks to a new partnership that will put college students in hard hats, and bring homeowners some much-needed help.

Grand Canyon University and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona have just launched the "Canyon Corridor Project," a first-of-its-kind partnership to rehabilitate more than 700 homes in the university's west Phoenix neighborhood.

Volunteers from Grand Canyon University will be working with Habitat for Humanity to renovate homes in Phoenix. The university also has earmarked $700,000 for Phase I of the four-phase program.

"We've experienced explosive growth in the last five years," says GCU president and CEO Brian Mueller. "We want to have that growth and that prosperity tranferred to the greater community."

Students have already begin making their pledges by signing beams that will actually go into the home.

"When this work gets done, the people who actually live in the homes will remember that there was a team of people who came together to give them a little nudge, a little push so they could improve their lives," says Mueller.

In addition to the partnership with Habitat for Humanity, GCU's "Season of Giving" is now underway. Every men's basketball game during the 2014-15 season will benefit a different Valley nonprofit organization.

Nonprofit partners benefiting from game proceeds include Habitat for Humanity and the Phoenix Dream Center, among others.

Tickets are available at gcuarena.com or by calling the GCU Arena box office at 602-639-8979.

Grand Canyon University Arena
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 639-8979.