Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar Builds in Dominican Republic
Barahona, Dominican Republic - June 22, 1999 - Eliminating poverty housing worldwide seems like a job for a superhero. It’s often volunteers who fill those shoes, and one young actress is stepping up to the plate with Habitat’s “Home Team” philosophy.
Volunteering her time and energy recently, Sarah Michelle Gellar joined Habitat for Humanity volunteers in the Dominican Republic to work on a Habitat house. The actress, best known for her portrayal of the title character in the hit WB network series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” traveled to Barahona, Dominican Republic, to visit Habitat work sites and survey the country’s vast housing needs. While on site, she helped mix concrete for a cinder-block home’s floors and window sills.
While on a break from her heavy shoveling, Gellar told HFHI Director of Public Affairs, Dwight Ozard, that it seemed she had “always known” about Habitat.
“I’ve wanted to work on a Habitat project for a long time,” she told Ozard while sitting on the bumper of a taxi. “I’ve taken this summer off from making movies, and wanted to do something positive with some of my free time. Working with Habitat is doubly positive, because it’s something that my fans can do too.” Ms. Gellar said she hopes to continue volunteering with Habitat.
Habitat for Humanity International is a worldwide nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. 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 75,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 375,000 people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity International has affiliates in every state of the United States and 63 other countries. “