Habitat enlisting volunteers for build

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Organizers of next month’s Habitat for Humanity build are looking for volunteers to help.

The group will build its fourth home, and second in Andalusia in February and March.

Habitat chapter director Dale Pancake said Tuesday that it would be helpful for organizers to have groups and volunteers signed up in advance.

As in all Habitat builds, there’s work that can be accomplished by skilled laborers, novices, and those who serve lunch or work to keep the site clean.

“At one build we did, there was an older woman who worked the whole time,” he said. “She was constantly sweeping behind the workers and keeping the site clean and safe.”

Those who plan to work at the build on Feb. 8 and 9 and on Feb. 15 and 16, are asked to sign up. Habitat needs:

• Volunteers to work as construction workers, skilled or trainees, should contact Jerry Howard at 334.208.4236 or jlhoward1229@gmail.com.
• Those willing to help with registration, water, snacks and team meals should call Kylan Lewis, 334.343.2299 or alewis7167@aol.com.
• Those willing to provide financial support can join the $10 club or send contributions to Covington County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1034, Andalusia, AL 36420.

The February build will be a house at the intersection of Oak and College streets, a three- bedroom home for a mom and two children. It will mark the first time the local Habitat has built to Energy Star standards.

“This lady lives in Lockhart, but works in Andalusia, so she’ll be in a much better situation when she moves,” Pancake said.

Habitat has family selection meetings about once per year after holding orientation meetings in Andalusia, Opp and Florala. Habitat families must be able to make a modest mortgage payment on their homes, and must put in 300 hours of sweat equity in other homes and their own before moving in.