Washington and Lee University’s “Parents and Family Weekend” annually fills Lexington’s hotels to capacity. Five years ago, the university and its Habitat campus chapter created a lodging alternative: “Habitat Hotel.” Students pair visiting family members with local families willing to host visitors. In return, parents donate $150 to Rockbridge Area Habitat. This past year, 45 families chose a “Habitat Hotel,” donating about a quarter of the amount needed for materials to build a Habitat house.
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