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U.S. Senate Unites To Build Houses

Who: U.S. Senators

What: U.S. Senators Build a Habitat for Humanity House w/ Habitat staff, homeowners and volunteers

When: 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7

Where: 509 and 515 Mentor Avenue Capitol Heights, Maryland

On March 7, U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle will build and raise the walls on two Habitat for Humanity houses near the U.S. Capitol. The “U.S. Senators Build” is the first in a nationwide series of home-building projects for members of the Senate. Senators, homeowners and building partners will work for two hours to complete the walls for two houses. Senate spouses will also participate.

These Senators have confirmed their participation in the event as of Feb. 23.

Trent Lott (R-MS)

Don Nickles (R-OK)

Tom Daschle (D-SD)

John Ensign (R-NV)

Sam Brownback (R-KS)

Judd Gregg (R-NH)

Bob Graham (D-FL)

Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Robert Bennett (R-UT)

Wayne Allard (R-CO)

Mike Enzi (R-WY)

Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)

Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Larry Craig (R-ID)

Mark Dayton (D-MN)

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

Christopher Dodd (D-CT)

The media are welcome on site beginning at 9:00 am. Interview opportunities with Senators, Homeowners and HFH leadership are available. Contact Ann Steensland at 202-628-9171, ext. 106.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

U.S. SENATORS BUILD

March 7, 2001

509 and 515 Mentor Avenue

Capitol Heights, Maryland

EVENT SCHEDULE

8:00 Registration

Senators, homeowners, other volunteers and media begin registration on site.

8:30 Welcoming Remarks

9:00 Construction Begins

Senators will join volunteers to begin work at the Senators Build site.

10:50 Group Photo

Senators and their spouses, building partners and homeowner families will take a group photo in front of the house under construction.

11:00 - 11:30 SPECIAL EVENT “Wall Raising” “Passing of the Hammers”

11:30 Lunch

12:15 - 2:30 Senators’ Spouses Build Senators’ spouses, along with Habitat for Humanity volunteers, homeowners, corporate sponsors, HFH leadership and staff, will continue the construction.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Driving directions to the U.S. Senators Build from the U.S. Capitol (driving time is approx. 15 min.):

Travel east on E. Capitol, passing I-295, Minnesota Avenue, and Benning Rd.

Just past 49th Street, turn right onto Central Avenue.

Go through the first stoplight at Southern, and take a right at the next light onto Larchmont.

The road will immediately Y, stay left on Larchmont at this Y intersection.

Take the first left onto Cumberland (directly across from Holy Cross Church).

Go one block, at the first left (top of the hill), turn onto Mentor. The houses are at the end of the road.

Media registration will take place at the tent on the corner of Larchmont and Cumberland. Attendants will direct you to parking spaces. For more information contact: Ann Steensland, Director, External Relations, HFHI-Washington Office, 202-628-9171, ext. 106.