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Couldn’t pass this up


Meg Arvin of Knoxville, Tenn., helps build a shed in the Knoxville HFH warehouse.

Meg Arvin is one of several youth on the 200,000th house build site who are here because they believe they can truly help put an end to poverty housing. She has been on site all week—putting up the trusses, working on the floors and roof, and installing siding and cabinets. She has experienced a little bit of everything that goes into building a house.

Meg is a rising freshman at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville, spending the last few days of her summer vacation learning to hammer, read a level and lay down shingles. She also joined the international youth delegation on Wednesday when it worked on homes in Appalachia.

”I’m loving it,” she says. “It’s so much fun. I don’t really think of it as work. It was nervewracking at first, getting up on the roof, but I just kept working through it.”

Meg’s father is a Lowes store manager in West Knoxville. She knew about the partnership her father’s company has with Habitat, so when he asked her if she wanted to paticipate, she jumped at the chance.

”I couldn’t pass this up. I’m so glad my dad’s company wants to sponsor something like this,” she says.

Meg has a future of service ahead of her. She wants to study sign language interpreting so she can become an interpreter for the deaf. She also plans to stay involved with Habitat after she starts college, and she is looking forward to joining her first Women Build soon. But this week she is focused on completing the task before her—helping get the Kouassi-Harper home ready for the family to move into it on Monday.

“Tonya and Koffi are here every day working,” she says. “I like that Habitat gives them the chance to work on their own home. They’re a great family.”