Habitat for Humanity volunteers finish Interval Road house

August 03, 2011|By AARON SAUNDERS |
  • Volunteer Ryan Bradley works on installing siding Wednesday at the Habitat House on Interval Road in Hagerstown.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County came together this summer to finish a home for a Hagerstown resident and her 6-year-old son.

Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build 2 have been working on the house at 705 Interval Road at the corner of Brookline Ave since June.

"We did part of this house as a mini-blitz back on June 10-11. Those two days started with just the deck, and by noon that Friday, we had all the walls up. By 8 p.m. we had the doors and windows done, and we locked the door," Apostles Build Team Leader Becky Hein said.

Habitat is a nonprofit organization that partners with churches, business organizations and individuals to build houses for those in need.

Volunteers from Susquehanna Bank were at the site by 8 a.m Wednesday, helping to install cabinets and windows and painting doors.

"Each of us are only contributing a little by putting in windows and painting doors but its still wonderful to help someone," said Brenda Keefer, executive assistant to Susquehanna President Jim Pierne.

In addition to local volunteers, the bank had representatives from elsewhere, including regional facilities, helping with the work.

"We are about building relationships with the community, and we've done several builds, and we try to do at least one a year with habitat," Regional Facility Manager Sharon Richmond said.

Students like Ryan Bradley also contributed to the construction process Wednesday, gaining community service hours for doing so.

"This is my first time out, and I really enjoy the experience. I really learned a lot about making a house," Bradley said.

With the help of volunteers, the house is scheduled to be completed before Aug. 21.

"We hope to do the dedication Aug. 21. We have another week of work to go," Hein said.

Larry and Sons donated the heating and air-conditioning; CertainTeed donated siding and the roof materials; Capitol Building Supply Inc. donated drywall; and Wells Fargo Bank donated to the project.

"It's a good feeling in your heart ... helping someone get a good start," Richmond said.

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