Habitat to hold weekend work days
Published 7:23 am Wednesday, October 21, 2009
By By Kerry Whipple Bean
The walls are up and the roof is complete, but there is a lot of work left to do on Escambia County Habitat for Humanity’s latest house.
Habitat volunteers spent all weekend working at the property, which will soon become home for April Nicholson and her two sons.
While fewer volunteers than usual turned out for the event, Habitat Director Alecia Glaize said that will help keep all of the volunteers busy as the project continues.
While much of the structure of the house is complete, a lot of work remains. The main goal of this weekend’s work is to put up all of the siding, which Glaize said was already painted last weekend by volunteers.
Many of them were students who volunteered this year were affiliated with Jefferson Davis Community College — Upward Bound students, honor society members and baseball players.
Glaize said she was pleased to see so many young people get involved with Habitat. Some of the students had volunteered previously for other builds.
The house also passed the first of several inspections designed to earn the Earthcraft rating, a strict building code for environmentally friendly construction, Glaize said.
Work will continue for another three weekends on the house, with Saturday’s build lasting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday’s from 1 to 5 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the Habitat office at 867-0095 to pre-register or simply drop by the site.