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USS Nimitz Volunteers Break Ground on Second House

May, 20 1999 - NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (May 20, 1999) – Volunteers from the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) will break ground today on a new Habitat for Humanity house in an 11:00 a.m. ceremony.

The home will be the second built by Nimitz volunteers. Crewmembers passed the keys to their first Habitat for Humanity house to a Newport News family last November after completing construction in less than a month.

Approximately 70 Nimitz Sailors are expected to dedicate more than 3,600 man-hours to completing this project over a three to four week period. The volunteers plan to work six to seven days a week to complete the home within that timeframe.

Habitat housebuilding is one of many volunteer projects that crewmembers of the Nimitz are embracing in the Newport News community while their ship is in dry dock for a 33-month midlife refueling overhaul. Volunteers from the ship along with staff from Newport News Shipbuilding (who are funding the project) have committed to build three Habitat homes in the community before the Nimitz returns to sea. Several area business also are helping with the project, contributing food, equipment and additional volunteer time.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 62 other countries around the world.