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Detroit 2020/Habitat For Humanity BuildUp Is A Big Success!

October 08 2012 | no comments

We want to give a shout out to the 100 volunteers from all over metro Detroit who came out Saturday for our Second annual Detroit 2020 Habitat BuildUp.  It was a wall-building event for a future Habitat for Humanity home on Detroit’s east side.  And it wasn’t just about building walls, it was also about rebuilding a community.

It was a sunny, crisp Saturday morning when volunteers and Channel 7 staffers grabbed our hammers, nails and got busy for a good cause.

Ryan Sieja came with the Wayne State University student veterans organization.  He told us “I grew up around this neighborhood, and for me,  driving down here every day you want to do what you can to help out rather than hurt.”

Julia Penn is a Habitat regular.  She says, “I feel it’s necessary for everybody who can to give back.  You know, I feel blessed and I want to give back.”

Ricardo Donald was a first time Habitat volunteer from Belleville.  He learned about building windows and doors.

Shelly Zicherman of West Bloomfield hammered her first nail on Saturday.

Of course, construction experts were there to guide the volunteers.

All the wood was graciously donated by Mans Lumber and Millwork.  The walls will end up in a habitat home in the Morningside neighborhood of Detroit.  Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Vincent Tilford says Morningside is’ “Where we made a commitment to build 100 homes.  We’ve actually extended that commitment.  We’re going to be doing more now than just building new homes.  We’re also going to be rehabbing.  It’s part of our Leaders to Rebuild Detroit initiative.”

Detroit 2020 decided to give our volunteers a tour of the neighborhood’s progress.  The Detroit Bus Company donated the transportation.  Bill Webster said The Detroit Bus Company loves Habitat for Humanity, “It’s a great organization with a great cause and we love to be able to offer to help.”

Our Dave LewAllen led the tour.  He told the volunteers, “You’ll see how the work you’re doing today is ultimately transforming for a family.”

Volunteers even had a chance to walk inside one of the homes.

Mike Murri, WXYZ Station Manager says, “You can see what you can do by getting involved and making a difference.  You know Detroit 2020 is all about being a catalyst for change in the city.  I mean, how can people make a difference? Unify, inspire, act.  This is acting at its greatest.

The BuildUp really was a team effort.  T-shirts were donated by Get-In-Gear Promotions.  Lunch and refreshments donated by Shields Pizza of Southfield, Vince and Joe’s Gourmet Market and Biggby Coffee.

The day was capped off with volunteers signing the walls and wishing the future homeowners happiness.

Volunteer at Habitat Detroit! Click here to see how you can get involved.



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