Habitat hopes to finish today

Published 12:02 am Saturday, February 11, 2012

Today is expected to be the last workday at the Florala Habitat for Humanity home before it’s turned over to its new owners.

Dale Pancake, chapter director, said volunteers are needed to complete the home’s “finishing touches,” as well as performing cleanup duty before the upcoming dedication ceremony.

“We need to touch up some of the paint and finish up a few spots of vinyl around the porch,” Pancake said. “Then, we need to clean up everything on the inside so the carpet can be installed and then clean up the outside for the big day.”

He said volunteers and members of the county’s Master Gardeners club have worked to complete the landscaping.

“The sod is down, and the shrubbery and plants are very pretty,” he said. “The Master Gardeners did an excellent job, as well. Sherrie (Stewart) is just bouncing up and down. Things have really come together to make this an excellent home for her and her family.”

Pancake said once Saturday’s work is completed, a dedication ceremony will be set.

“We’re hoping to do that shortly, maybe within the next week or two,” he said.

Pancake asked that volunteers “just show up” today between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“Any and all help will be appreciated,” he said.

Previously, Pancake revealed the next build will be held in Andalusia. “We’re trying to get things lined up for that, but we’ve got to finish things in Florala first.

“We still need volunteers, donations and contributions,” he said.

Those wishing to make donations to the local HFH chapter should mail them to: Covington County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 1034 Andalusia, AL 36420.

To volunteer, one must be 16 or older, and are asked to “just show up,” but anyone younger than 18 must have a release signed by a parent or legal guardian.