The $100 Solution House™ Opens Its Doors!

Over the past couple of months, Western Kentucky University, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been developing The $100 Solution™ House, the first living-learning community focused primarily on The $100 Solution™ service-learning program. On Sunday, October 5th, the new occupants of The $100 Solution™ House, located on Chestnut Street, had a cookout to celebrate the beginning of their journey.

 

The house was designated for The $100 Solution™ nationally-recognized NGO through a partnership between the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and the Department of Housing and Residence Life at Western Kentucky University in order to demonstrate the importance of giving back to the community. The ALIVE CCP is a place where campus and community connect to learn and serve and is the academic home of The $100 Solution™.

 

Over the course of the next year, students will be working to identify a community-determined need, develop successful partnerships with people in Bowling Green, and create a long-term solution that enhances the quality of life for others. Lauren Cunningham, Community Engagement Coordinator at the ALIVE CCP and facilitator of The $100 Solution™, will be assisting students in their endeavors.

 

Five undergraduate students and one graduate student will inhabit the coeducational setting in order to engage in service-learning opportunities according to the five principles of The $100 Solution™. These include reciprocity, partnership, capacity-building, sustainability, and reflection. The students are challenged to work with a community partner in order to determine a need and address the issue with only $100. As of this moment, the students are brainstorming ways to help the family of a four-year-old named Haley who has soft-skin tissue sarcoma cancer. They hope to fund raise through various methods in order to contribute monetary assistance to both the family and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

The ALIVE CCP and Western Kentucky University is excited to welcome such a diverse and motivated group of students into this home to grow and experience the positive impact of The $100 Solution™.

By: Samantha Mallory

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