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Overwhelming Response To Sign Up For BuildUp Event!

October 02 2012 | no comments

Thanks to all of you who signed up to volunteer for this Saturday’s Detroit 2020/Habitat For Humanity BuildUp event!

There was an overwhelming response and all 100 spots have been filled, so registration is now closed.

“We’ve been in Morningside [neighborhood] for about six years,” said Habitat for Humanity Detroit Executive Director Vincent Tilford. “We made a commitment to build 100 homes, and we’ve just about met that,” he added.

By the end of this year, Habitat will have finished 93 homes in the east side neighborhood. The organization’s mission is to transform neighborhoods and transform lives.

WXYZ’s Detroit 2020 initiative wants to support that mission.

“Detroit 2020 is about unifying people, inspiring people to act.  This is the ultimate form of action,” said WXYZ-TV’s Vice President and General Manager Ed Fernandez.

He rolled up his sleeves along with dozens of others during last year’s first Buildup on Detroit’s east side.

The call for volunteers is on again.


7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Due to limited space, the number of volunteers for the BuildUp has to be capped at 100.

The first 100 volunteers who sign up online will be accepted.  You must be 18 to participate.  Tools and instruction will be provided.

Here’s the schedule:

7:30 a.m.  Volunteers park at Fountain of Truth Church ( 9801 Chalmers, Detroit  48213)

The Detroit Bus Company will transport volunteers to Habitat’s Jane Street Operations Center on Detroit’s east side.

7:50 a.m. Opening Greetings from Habitat for Humanity Detroit & WXYZ Detroit 2020 team members

8:00 a.m. Groups of 25 will rotate through 4 sessions :

-          Wall building in the warehouse

-          Wall building outside

-          Bus Tour of Habitat homes in the Morningside neighborhood

-          Meet-and-greet with Habitat homeowners & leaders to find out more about Habitat’s mission

12:00 p.m. Lunch provided by Shields Pizza of Southfield

Mans Lumber & Millwork in Canton has graciously donated all the wood for this project for a second year in a row.  Owner Doug Mans did not hesitate when asked.

Last year, about 100 volunteers registered to work on the project.   From students to retirees, it was an energetic group.

Some of them were from Channel 7’s twitter family – the #backchannel & the #earlyrisers.

“My city needs it. This is a great cause helping out Habitat for Humanity,” said Shane Carson (@WowShane on twitter).  “You actually get to see your work.

Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market and Biggby Coffee will be donating refreshments at the event to give you energy to hammer.

Get In Gear Promotions will be providing free T-shirts for volunteers.

Construction experience is not necessary.  Trained Habitat staff will be on hand to show you what to do.  Hard hats, protective eye-wear and tools will also be provided.

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