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Windows on the work: September 2010 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Windows on the work: September 2010

Glimpses inside Habitat happenings

Who returned to help rebuild in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

In June, Cedar Valley Habitat welcomed its second consecutive AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. Last year’s Build-a-Thon was an opportunity to highlight Habitat’s disaster recovery work in the aftermath of the June 2008 flooding. This year’s event continued that work, with more than 500 AmeriCorps National Direct and VISTA members from across the country building, rehabilitating and repairing more than 20 homes.

 

   
   


What path they’re following in Manassas, Va.

Habitat Prince William County worked alongside local partners as part of a massive neighborhood revitalization project called “1 By Youth.” On one Saturday, more than 1,500 volunteers—many of them church youth groups—worked together to paint fences, mulch playgrounds and pick up litter. Habitat volunteers constructed soft-fill pathways, replacing muddy paths with safe, functional trails for neighborhood residents.

How they worshipped in Eau Claire, Wis.

On a Sunday morning in the spring, members of Landmark Christian Church gathered with Chippewa Valley Habitat staff, board members and partner families at the Chippewa Falls Ice Arena for an off-site wall build. Carpenters who attend the church had pre-cut lumber, and the gathered volunteers assembled the walls of a Habitat home. After most of the work had been finished, the more than 60 gathered volunteers held a worship service outside the arena before returning to square up the completed walls and then load them into a waiting semi-trailer for transport to the build site.

Who’s going to bat for Habitat Sri Lanka

The International Indian Film Academy has named Habitat Sri Lanka one of the beneficiaries of its annual awards event. A charity cricket match held as part of the event pitted Indian celebrities against Sri Lankan cricketers, with proceeds going to Habitat and UNICEF. The academy plans to support the building of Habitat homes in the north of the country, as part of a peace and reconciliation process after the end of decades of civil strife in the island nation.

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