Under the leadership of fourth-year architecture student Karl Barnett and an acting council of eight Clemson students, a group of approximately 50 students form a Campus Chapter in partnership with Pickens County Habitat. The group begins to volunteer regularly with the affiliate and makes a goal to raise $25,000 to build a Habitat home under the advisement of sociology professor Dr. William Wentworth. Plans for the now 28-year-old Homecoming Build tradition would soon begin in 1994 after the Campus Chapter participated in the building of a “cardboard city” on campus. The experience showed the students the plight of homelessness and motivated them to do more.
Since 1981, Pickens County Habitat for Humanity has built or renovated more than 100 safe, decent, and affordable homes for more than 300 individuals in need.