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UA Greek Relief builds new homes for Tuscaloosa tornado recovery

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Students at the University of Alabama are banding together to help in the tornado recovery effort in Tuscaloosa.

A group of college students are putting their tornado donation money to use.

The University of Alabama Greek Relief organization was formed shortly after the April 27th 2011 tornado.

Donations collected after the storms are still available -- and now the group has decided how they'll use the money. 

With the help of the UA Greek Relief group, Habitat for Humanity, and Ameri Corps, volunteers are building the future Bankhead family home on Juanita Drive.

UA Greek Relief's Community Liaison Matt Calderone said, "I think it's important so we don't forget the events on April 27th. So we don't forget areas like Alberta City that are still recovering and still need our help building back." 

The student-led group has added Habitat to a long list of tornado relief efforts the organization has been a part of.

The house that the college students are working on isn't Habitat's only project on Juanita Drive. They bought 35 lots to build brand new homes on the one street.  

And UA Greek Relief plans to be a part of some of those homes that have yet to be built. The group's goal is to build a new home with habitat every year. 

The University's Assistant Dean of Students, Dr. Lowell Davis said the Greek Relief crew is a good reminder that college students play a vital role in the community.

Dr. Davis said, "For students to come out here on a weekly basis and sometimes daily basis and say I am committed to change, I am committed to improving the community in which I not only go to school, but I live work and play I think it also very important."

The completion date for the Bankhead home is about a month away.

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