Tarah Demant (shown here in the porch rafters of EMB House No. 23) is one of some 200 college students volunteering at the 1999 Easter Morning Build.
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Sumter County Fact:

Sumter County's Koinonia Partners, an interracial Christian community seeking to be a "demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God," was established in 1942. It was at Koinonia that Millard Fuller and Clarence Jordan first pioneered the concept of "partnership housing" in the late 1960s.

Kevin Lubawski, Wilmette, Ill., tosses recycled aluminum cans onto the designated collection site in the Easter Morning Community.
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Recycling Gives Build Waste New Life

An estimated 54 tons of construction waste will be kept out of landfills through recycling efforts at the Easter Morning Build. The more than 1,000 EMB volunteers sort waste materials in separate collection sites for drywall, vinyl siding, asphalt shingles, cardboard, carpet scraps, metals, untreated wood, treated wood/blueboard, aluminum cans and miscellaneous materials.

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House Ushers in a New Day for Poole Family

At the week's end, Nathan and Brenda Poole and their six children will move out of their tiny apartment and into Easter Morning Build House No. 8. "With all these people coming from all over to help us, this week has really shown me that good people are still everywhere in the world," said Nathan.

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Heard on the Work Site:

"It's often difficult to qualify the rewards I get from working with Habitat. I enjoy working on site, but when you go back later, after the build, and see the families living happily, you see others getting excited about and involved with Habitat. That's where I find the most meaning."
- Charlie Magill, Williston, Vt. Currently president for the Green Mountain Habitat affiliate in Burlington, Vt., Magill has been involved with Habitat 13 years, including serving at last year's EMB and two Jimmy Carter Work Projects. He spent more than three years as an International Partner in Guatemala.

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