Skilled workers needed for Habitat build

Published 11:59 pm Friday, April 17, 2009

Although a Habitat for Humanity build is designed to allow the average person to volunteer and help with the construction of a house, there are certain jobs that require a certain amount of training and skill.

Steve Jimmerson, the building committee chairman for Habitat of Humanity of Covington County, said there will be a need for skilled craftsmen, plumbers and electricians at next weekend’s “building blitz.”

“There are certain tasks that will need to be done and will require someone with a license to help lead,” Jimmerson said. “I think we’re going to need anybody who has carpentry experience, roofing, plumbing or electrical. Any one with those skills would certainly be of value to us.”

Starting Fri., April 24, volunteers and workers will spend three days helping to construct a home for the Hanlin family of Opp. The three-bedroom house will be built on a lot located on the corner of Burdick and West Park streets in Opp.

This will be the first construction project for HFHCC, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian building ministry devoted to making affordable housing for families in need. The families participate in the process by paying a monthly mortgage and by helping with the labor through their “sweat equity.”

Jimmerson said everything is ready for the project to start Friday.

“We’ve got pretty much everything lined up for the building blitz, and for the days after the blitz as well,” he said. “Right now, the only thing that we need is some good weather. I hope the rest of the community is as excited about this event as we all here at Habitat are. It’s certainly going to be a great thing.”

Jimmerson said any skilled workers who would like to work on the building site, or lead a group of volunteers, should contact the HFHCC office at 222-0827.

He added that although the first build is completely funded, donations are always welcome to help fund future builds in the county.

HFHCC is a 501(c)(3) organization, making donations tax-deductible. Checks should be made out to “Habitat for Humanity of Covington County” and sent to Habitat for Humanity of Covington County, P.O. Box 1034, Andalusia, AL 36420.