Habitat build starts tomorrow

Published 12:47 am Thursday, February 7, 2013

aThe mission – should you chose to accept – is to help build a Habitat for Humanity home for the Tammy Taylor family this weekend, and volunteers are needed to make it a success.

Kylan Lewis, volunteer chair for the Covington County chapter, said a good number of local residents have committed to help with the Friday and Saturday building blitz.

“But there’s always room for more,” Lewis said. “We can use anyone who wants to come. We’re not going to turn anyone away.”

The building site, which is located at the corner of Oak and College streets in Andalusia, will become the home of Taylor and her two children. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. both days and continue the following weekend on Feb. 15 and 16.

Lewis said the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College baseball team will kick off work Friday by setting walls and trusses.

“They’ll be providing the muscle, but don’t worry, if you want to work, we’ll find something for you to do,” he said.

This is the fourth HFH house constructed in the county and will be the second build in Andalusia.

The home is described as an “attractive house that fits in with the neighborhood” and will be the first Energy Star Habitat home built by Habitat locally.

Build volunteers will be treated to lunch and snacks throughout the day. T-shirts will also be available.

Those wishing to volunteer can call Lewis at 334-343-2299 to sign up; however, a registration tent will be set up at the site for volunteers, as well. Those 19 or younger must have a parent sign a consent form, while those under 16 will not be allowed to work in the construction process. However, there will be other volunteer opportunities there for youth.

Monetary donations are always welcome, he said, and can be mailed to the local HFH chapter at: Covington County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 1034 Andalusia, AL 36420.