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Pickens Habitat brings people together to build community! Since 1981, we've helped neighbors achieve the safety and security that can be found in affordable homeownership. We couldn't do this without the help of our local community and caring partners.

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Clemson President's Leadership Institute Joins Hands with Habitat for Humanity in a Day of Service

A group of people stand proudly in front of a playhouse under construction

In the spirit of collaboration and community engagement, the Clemson President's Leadership Institute (PLI) convened a memorable meeting in December that not only fostered leadership development but also gave back to the community in a significant way. PLI's commitment to empowering leaders was on full display as they partnered with Habitat for Humanity for an inspiring event that left a lasting impact on all involved.

The Clemson President's Leadership Institute, known for its dedication to nurturing leadership potential and fostering a culture of leadership excellence, continues to be a beacon of inspiration at Clemson University. This esteemed organization, led by none other than Clemson University's President, James P. Clements, aims to mold future leaders who will make a positive impact on their communities and the world. PLI's mission aligns seamlessly with Habitat for Humanity's commitment to providing affordable housing solutions and empowering families to build better futures for themselves.

The December meeting of the Clemson PLI featured a panel of speakers from Habitat for Humanity, both on the local and national levels. Among the presenters were Peter Rumsey, U.S. Senior Director of Operations for Habitat for Humanity, Tamara Dourney, Volunteer Coordinator & Communications Specialist for Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, and Katherine Harland, President of the Clemson University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The presentation was well received by attendees, shedding light on the critical work that Habitat for Humanity does locally and nationally. Peter Rumsey emphasized the global impact of Habitat's mission, sharing insights into the organization's operations and the transformative changes it brings to communities worldwide. Tamara Dourney spoke passionately about the role of volunteers and the unique experiences they gain through their involvement with Habitat for Humanity. Katherine Harland, as the leader of the Clemson University Chapter, shared her personal journey and the incredible impact that student volunteers can have on local Habitat projects.

President James P. Clements, a staunch advocate for leadership development and community service, expressed his gratitude to the panelists and underlined the importance of partnerships that benefit both the university and the community.

The synergy between the Clemson PLI and Habitat for Humanity was not confined to the meeting room. After the informative session, PLI participants, staff from Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, and volunteer construction supervisors embarked on a hands-on service project that would touch the life of a local homeowner partner forever.

The service project took place on Erin Lane at the permanent location of the 2023 Clemson University Homecoming House. PLI volunteers rolled up their sleeves and worked tirelessly to construct a playhouse for the young son of a Habitat for Humanity homeowner partner. The spirit of teamwork and camaraderie between volunteers and the future homeowner was palpable as participants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines came together with a shared goal—to create a safe and joyful space for a deserving child.

The playhouse construction project was more than just a physical endeavor; it symbolized the power of collective effort and the tangible difference that a community can make when it unites for a common purpose. Under the guidance of Habitat for Humanity professionals and the eager leadership of PLI participants, the playhouse took shape, piece by piece.

Laughter and a sense of accomplishment filled the air as the playhouse walls were raised. The event was a testament to what can be achieved when passionate individuals, driven by a shared vision, come together to create something meaningful. For the homeowner partner's son, this playhouse will become a space of joy and imagination—a tangible representation of the love and care of his community.

This remarkable partnership between the Clemson President's Leadership Institute and Habitat for Humanity serves as a powerful reminder that leadership and service go hand in hand. When individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents unite under a common purpose, they can create positive change in their communities.

For those seeking to learn more about the Clemson President's Leadership Institute and their commitment to leadership development and community engagement, visit their website at The PLI's dedication to nurturing leadership potential and fostering a culture of leadership excellence is evident in their actions, and their collaboration with Habitat for Humanity is a shining example of their mission in action.