Habitat needs volunteers next week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 20, 2011

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator John Croft said Wednesday that any and all volunteer assistance will be appreciated at the upcoming build in Florala.

Ori-ginally set to begin tomorrow, Fri., Oct. 21, a glitch at the construction site with the utility installation pushed the building blitz back by one week. Now, volunteers are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. on Fri., Oct. 28, and Sat., Oct. 29, to lend their assistance.

“All you have to do is show up,” Croft said. “You don’t need any skills. We need a lot of people to come hold the other end of the board or make sure all the construction debris is picked up and the site cleaned. There is truly a job for everyone.”

Croft said he hopes the Florala community participates in the build.

The chapter’s executive director, Dale Pancake, said he’s had pledges of help from Florala High School’s ag department.

“We just need people to remember that only those 16 or older can volunteer on site,” he said. “Anyone under the age of 19 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to participate.”

Croft described the build as a “community event.”

“Truly, all the way around, it is a community event,” he said. “You’ve got people in the community helping with building a home that benefits someone in the community. We hope everyone will show up and be a part of it all.”

Pancake said crews have been making progress at the site.

Sherrie Stewart and her son Nash Gillespie were chosen as Florala’s first Habitat for Humanity family. This will be the third Habitat home constructed in Covington County. The first was built in Opp and the second in Andalusia.

To make a donation to Habitat, call 334-222-0827 and leave a message.