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30 Washington County churches participate in local 'mini-blitz build'

June 10, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Paul Daniels manuevers a truss to its position Friday on a Habitat for Humanity house being built on Interval Road. Volunteers began a "mini-blitz build" on the project Friday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

When volunteers arrived at 705 Interval Road Friday morning, only a block foundation stood on the east Hagerstown lot, where they plan to leave a house with walls, doors, windows, siding and a roof by Saturday evening.

The feat is what Habitat for Humanity calls a "mini-blitz build," a two-day effort in which volunteers will complete much of the construction of a new home for a local family in need.

The Interval Road project, taking place in a neighborhood off Jefferson Boulevard near Fairgrounds Park, is also an "apostles build" project, sponsored by contributions from 30 local churches, three organizations and two businesses, said Cindy Brown, programs director at Otterbein United Methodist Church.

"That is the most number of individual congregations that has ever been involved in a build," Brown said.

Collectively, the congregations raised $45,000 for the project.

The house is being built for a local woman named Elaine and her 6-year-old son.

Elaine, who asked that her last name not be used, said she and her son were currently living with her parents. Helping the volunteers on Friday, she said she had learned how to use a nail gun and how a frame goes up.

"It's just been a great experience," she said.

Trey King, 16, a volunteer from First Christian Church in Hagerstown, called the group's effort Friday "amazing."

"Everybody wants to get it done, and it's happening real quick," he said.

This year's effort is the second Apostle Build Habitat for Humanity of Washington County has held, organizers said.

Last year, many of the same churches helped build a home on Linwood Avenue.

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