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‘I like seeing them smile’


Will Howell is a crew leader on Habitat’s 200,000th house.

Will Howell of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, likes the excitement of blitz builds. They have kept him coming back to volunteer for the past three years, but this one has an extra bonus—the chance to work with Habitat’s milestone 200,000th family.

”I love being involved on the blitz day,” he says. “I like swinging a hammer.”

Will is a crew leader for this historic build, and he credits his crew and others on the site with getting the build off to such a great start on Saturday.

”They’re phenomenal,” he says. “We plowed through the interior walls and were up on the roof in no time!”

Will is one of many local volunteers who showed up ready to deepen the dent being put in poverty housing in Knoxville. His work is a celebration of the countless hours put in by volunteers over the years to bring Habitat to this milestone in its history. It is also part of the commitment to continue building until decent housing is a reality for everyone.

But the blessing for Will may be simpler than that. He’s in it for the effect all this sweat and effort is having on the homeowners.

“I like seeing them smile.”