Hindu Society of America recently announced the creation of Vivekananda House – a Hindu Students Center at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) under their initiative of making such centers at various university campuses where a few students can live and help manage the activities along with a team of volunteers of local Hindu student organizations.
The organization said in a press release that they started this initiative to serve 300,000+ Hindu and other students on American campuses. The idea of buying a house near the university campus where the students can live upstairs and operate a students center on the main level is financially viable and serves a huge population of Hindu Students.
According to them, the Hindu community lacks any infrastructure on college campuses and this is an effort to create that much-needed infrastructure – a home away from home for Hindu students and for everyone on campus to learn more about the religion.
“We have had huge success in owning and running the first Vivekananda House at Iowa State University for the last 2 years! Now, we have found another perfect house to buy for this initiative at UIUC,” said the organization in the release.
The main floor of the home will be used as an activity center, a gathering place, a home away from home, a yoga and meditation space, and host a library of Hindu books. Students will live on the second floor.
Hindu Society of America, as of Tuesday, Dec. 8 has already received commitments of USD 85,500 towards their target and are looking to raise another USD 108,000 this month towards the down payment and closing cost to purchase the home for the permanent Vivekananda House at UIUC.
Donations can be made via their Facebook page or website https://vivekanandahouseus.org/donation.