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HFHI Founder, Lions International President To Build In Wake Of Tornado's Destruction

Americus, Ga. - July 21, 1999 - Saturday Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, and Albany resident James Ervin, 1999-2000 president of Lions Clubs International, will work on two Habitat for Humanity houses.

Fuller and Ervin will first work with Americus/Sumter County Habitat for Humanity on a house sponsored by the Lions Clubs International Foundation. The Foundation has given Habitat for Humanity International a $200,000 grant to build homes with people in need who are visually impaired or otherwise disabled. Lions volunteers from Americus, Cordele, Tifton, Fitzgerald and other Southwest Georgia communities will also work on the house.

After working on the Americus house, Fuller and Ervin will travel to Vienna to work on a house with Dooly County Habitat for Humanity. Georgia residents have donated more than $60,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to help with reconstruction in the wake of the tornado that ravaged the area earlier this year. Dooly County Habitat for Humanity still needs more volunteers and funds for reconstruction efforts. To contact the affiliate, page John Penney at (912) 276-4101.

“Together, Georgia residents can have a significant impact on a community’s recovery from disaster,” Fuller said. “We’re hoping southwest Georgia residents will travel from neighboring communities to volunteer with Dooly County Habitat for Humanity.”

Fuller hopes his visit will encourage the town as it recovers from the tornado’s damage.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit worldwide, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity 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 75,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 375,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 63 other countries around the world.