MEIGS COUNTY — Up with the walls.
The Meigs football team spent Saturday morning constructing approximately 40 interior and exterior wall panels which will be part of the Habitat for Humanity house under construction in Middleport.
The wall build took place at Mark Porter GM, with the car dealership also serving as the sponsor for the wall build, donating $10,000 for materials.
This will be the first house constructed in the county by Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio.
The work completed on Saturday by the football team will lead into the “Blitz Build” this weekend at the site of the house on Brownell Avenue in Middleport.
The Blitz will take place on Nov. 4-5, with the first day sponsored by Farmers Bank and the second day by Ohio Valley Bank. In addition to monetary donations, sponsors are expected to have volunteers at the site on the day they are sponsoring. Farmers Bank recently presented a $5,000 check to Habitat to be used toward the build.
Samantha Waldron, director of community engagement (Athens, Meigs and Hocking counties), said there can be 35-40 volunteers at the job site at a given time working on the house. Volunteers are still needed for blitz weekend and can sign up by emailing [email protected]
A typical build takes approximately 18 weeks, but depending on the amount of work completed during the blitz it can be shortened by three to four weeks.
In addition to the Blitz, work will be taking place Wednesday through Saturday at the property site until it is completed. Volunteers can sign up to work at the site on any of the work days. Should a group, organization or business be interested in bringing a team of volunteers for a work day, they may reserve the entire day for their group.
Habitat for Humanity builds homes using volunteer labor. Volunteers are needed before and after the blitz to help start and complete the home. Habitat for Humanity is currently registering volunteers for all aspects of construction. No experience is required. Habitat builds are perfect for businesses, churches and individuals to get involved in their community.
Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. It’s all about giving a hand up, not a hand out. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and Habitat homes for others.
Numerous local churches, organizations, businesses and athletic programs have donated or contributed to the build to this point.
Following the completion of the build, a dedication ceremony will take place, with many of the sponsors of the build taking part in the ceremony.
To get involved with Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio or to volunteer, call 740-592-0032 ext. 102, email [email protected] or visit www.habitatseo.org.