Dozens of volunteers take part in Blitz Build


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



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MIDDLEPORT — Meigs County’s first Habitat for Humanity project is well on its way to completion after this weekend’s Blitz Build.

Dozens of volunteers, including many employees of Farmers Bank and Ohio Valley Bank, were at the build site on Brownell Avenue on Friday putting up walls, installing windows and many other projects on the house.

The two-day Blitz Build was sponsored by Farmers Bank (Friday) and Ohio Valley Bank (Saturday). Additionally, Mark Porter GM sponsored the wall build which was conducted last weekend by the Meigs football team.

Being a good corporate citizen is much more than just having the doors unlocked Monday through Friday, explained Farmers Bank President and CEO Paul Reed about the bank’s desire to be involved in community projects such as the Habitat house.

Reed said when the Board was presented with the idea of being part of the project they jumped at the idea.

The volunteer opportunity was then opened up for all employees who wanted to take part. There were around 25 Farmers Bank employees who took part in the build on Friday.

“Donating money is one thing. Donating time to make it happen is of equal value,” explained Reed of the importance of taking part in projects like the blitz build.

While Ohio Valley Bank was the sponsor for Saturday, President and CEO Tom Wiseman, along with several Ohio Valley Bank employees were on hand Friday, working on the house.

Wiseman explained that although this is the first Habitat house in Meigs County, it is not the first that Ohio Valley Bank has been involved in. They have previously worked on projects in Cabell County, W.Va.

Employees of Ohio Valley Bank have “Impact Days” that they can take in order encourage participation in activities such as the build.

Wiseman said that it is good to see the two banks working together on community minded projects.

The build still has several more weeks of work taking place with continued volunteer opportunities. To volunteer contact Samantha Waldron by emailing samantha@habitatseo.org.

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By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com

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