By Amy Kriz, National Honor Society advisor

The Union High School National Honor Society (NHS) completed their senior service project last week. 19 senior members spent the last four months raising money through a variety of projects to donate to the Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity.
Established in 1990, the Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity serves Black Hawk, Bremer, and Butler counties. Taken from their website, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity “focuses on home ownership as its solution to affordable housing. By offering no-interest mortgages and accepting sweat equity as a down payment, <they> are able to offer affordable home ownership opportunities to families. Partner families invest hundreds of hours of sweat equity into the construction of their homes and other Habitat homes, and make monthly mortgage payments on a zero-interest loan.”
Union’s NHS organization was assigned to work on a house located in Evansdale. Sadly, the house caught fire in March after the electrical and dry wall was finished and had to be taken down to the foundation to rebuild. Our NHS group worked on site on two different days. During the first visit the group helped with the deconstruction process; they took down all the siding, soffit, and cleaned up the land. On the second visit, students built and put up all the exterior walls of the house and two interior walls.
The seniors met their fundraising goal of $1,500 to put towards the family’s expenses. Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity reported that the donation would cover the cost of all the exterior siding for the home.
It was an amazing experience for the seniors and great wrap up to the year! For more information on volunteering your time or donating to the Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity organization, visit