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Build-a-Thon 2012 Pensacola, Florida build site

The telltale sign of hammers began within 10 minutes of AmeriCorps members arriving for day one of the 2012 Build-a-Thon in Pensacola, Florida.


When AmeriCorps member Susan Remington arrived and saw the slabs, the wood for framing piled nearby and all the trucks loaded with supplies she described her reaction as “pure awe.” Photo by Julie Gurnon

The AmeriCorps members were ready to get busy, preparing the outer framing for the six homes that will sit side by side on Figland Avenue. ©Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker


U.S. Congressman Jeff Miller, who represents Florida’s 1st district, helped build alongside AmeriCorps members and Pensacola Habitat staff members—his seventh time volunteering. ©Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker

Shelica Grice, who was working on her future home alongside AmeriCorps members, said she hadn’t realized that sweat equity really does mean perspiring profusely! Photo by Julie Gurnon


The energy level was high all day, despite the warmth and humidity. At 3 p.m., cleanup began, and the trusses were placed in position for hoisting. Photo by Julie Gurnon

AmeriCorps members were ahead of schedule at the end of day three, installing most of the doors and windows on all six homes. Photo by Julie Gurnon