Fraternity camps out for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity

contact: Deanne Puca
| WMU News
Photo of Campus Flagpoles in winter.

Support those camping out at the Campus Flagpoles for charity.

KALAMAZOO—Members of Western Michigan University's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will camp out for 48 consecutive hours Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 19-21, to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity.

The campout will take place at the Campus Flagpoles, located between Kanley Chapel and the Lee Honors College, from noon Tuesday to noon Thursday. The community is invited to visit the campers, learn more about Habitat for Humanity and make a donation.

WMU's ATO chapter started the Campus Campout in 2003 as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The WMU ATO chapter began in 1995 and currently has 34 members.

"Alpha Tau Omega has been involved with Habitat for Humanity with our event Campus Campout for 10 years now," said Collin Martin, ATO's philanthropy chairman and event organizer. "We support Habitat's affordable housing mission and want to help as much as we can in our own way, and Campus Campout is that way.

"ATO uses its philanthropy events to support good causes and to show the community the positive impact fraternities and sororities can have here at Western," he added. "These events also help us learn about the community and grow as leaders."

How to donate

Donations can be dropped off with the students during the campout. They also can be made on behalf of ATO by credit card online at (enter ATO or Campout in the appropriate box) or by check made payable to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (enter ATO in the memo space) and mailed to:

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
, 525 E. Kalamazoo Ave., 
Kalamazoo MI 49007.

How to get involved

For more information about how to buy or help build a Habitat for Humanity home, visit or contact the Habitat office at (269) 344-2443.