Popular carpenter, designer, author and television personality rallies home builders throughout the U.S. to build more than 250 Habitat homes as part of blitz project
ATLANTA (May 27, 2008) – Habitat for Humanity International has named Didiayer Snyder of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to be the national celebrity spokesperson for its 2008 Home Builders Blitz (www.homebuildersblitz.com ). The blitz is scheduled for the week of June 2, and will kick off the construction of more than 250 homes built in 110 communities throughout 34 states as part of the project. The accelerated build will serve to house more than 1,000 people.
“When we film for the show, we’re focused on one home, one family each week,” explained Snyder. “To think this blitz is going to house 263 families in that same time frame is astonishing. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of it.”
Since 2005, Snyder has volunteered her carpentry skills at the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate, where she met another longtime Habitat volunteer who became very influential in her life — her carpentry mentor Wally Anderson. As they’ve become close friends over the last three years, Anderson has observed that building and renovating houses alongside Habitat partner families has become a big part of Snyder’s life, allowing her to not only advance in her building skills but also assist others in reaching their dreams of owning a home. He notes that Snyder’s kindness and strength qualify her as a great Habitat ambassador. Anderson has been working with his local affiliate as a volunteer builder for more than 18 years.
“Habitat for Humanity is thrilled Didiayer has lent us her passion, enthusiasm and professional expertise to rally builders throughout the country to donate their time and talents for this one-week event,” said Kevin Campbell, director of Builders Blitz 2008. “With Didiayer’s help, we hope to bring light to the great efforts being put forth by the building community to house families in need and end poverty housing.”
“I’m so excited! I’m already equipped for the around-the-clock schedules and used to all the work that goes into pulling off a build,” said Snyder. “I’m really looking forward to my cross-country sprint to help six Habitat affiliates in one week.”
As the event’s celebrity spokesperson, Snyder will embark on a six-city tour, addressing and building alongside partner home builders at the following participating Habitat locations: Durham County Habitat for Humanity (Durham, N.C.); Habitat of Orange County (Chapel Hill, N.C.); Habitat of Charlotte (N.C.); Habitat of Greater Birmingham (Ala.); Lafayette Habitat (Ind.); and San Diego Habitat (Calif.).
The Builders Blitz was started in 2002 by Tom Gipson, a professional home builder in Raleigh, N.C., who supported Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to eliminate poverty housing in his community. Gipson gathered other local builders for an accelerated build, which was so successful that Habitat for Humanity International decided to promote it as a nationwide event in 2006. Since the concept’s inception, the professional home builders industry has assisted Habitat’s mission by building in excess of 780 homes.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .