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Habitat Pushes for Volunteers to Help Finish Cville Neighborhood

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Charlottesville's Habitat for Humanity is searching for a few hundred helping hands to frame homes for an entire neighborhood in less than two weeks.

Volunteers can sign up now for the project's Wednesday kick-off.

Monday night, Habitat for Humanity is putting the call out for volunteers to put the final pieces together on eight homes in 11 days.

"We're trying to get all the slabs laid out and the first floor systems on," said Dominorue Fowler, Belmont Cottages - Habitat's newest Charlottesville neighborhood -  site supervisor. 

Fowler is preparing for what the nonprofit's calling the 'Belmont Push'. He'll guide volunteers to put up the wooden frames on the eight habitat homes. 

"They'll start hammering walls together and standing them up," said Fowler.

The push to move homeowners into the Belmont Cottages neighborhood within six months starts Wednesday. It's part of Habitat's Project 20 goal to build 20 homes this year.

"We kind of have a quick turnaround to build these houses, so we want to get started and push toward meeting our goal rather quickly," said Sara Parrish, Habitat for Humanity volunteer manager.

Walls will rise so the eight home sites are ready for roofs by July 28. It's Habitat's biggest building blitz in the shortest amount of time.

"Very lofty goal, very ambitious. We've framed many homes before with the help of volunteers, so we're confident we can do it again," said Parrish. 

To get the homes fully framed, Habitat is searching for new volunteers to fill 25 spots every day. No experience is necessary.

"We're pushing to get those extra few volunteers out here," said Parrish.

They'll work alongside the future homeowners. Fowler's ready to see the construction site buzzing with daily volunteers.

"We have more than enough work for everyone to handle," said Fowler.

Bike and build volunteers will be here Wednesday. They're cyclists who travel around to Habitat projects nationwide.

If you want to sign up to help with the Belmont Push, click here. 

 


 


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
Press Release

Charlottesville, VA, July 5, 2013 – This month, hundreds of volunteers from across the Greater Charlottesville community will join together with Habitat partner families to fully frame eight homes in 11 days at Habitat's new Belmont Cottages mixed-income community. This neighborhood-raising event will help Habitat reach its Project 20 goal (twenty homes this year) and enable eight hard working local families the chance to be home for the holidays.

This community effort will begin at 7:45am on July 17th when volunteers assemble to begin constructing and raising walls.  Activities will begin that day with a brief ceremony and instructional talk. Members of the media are welcome. Habitat's goal is to have all eight homes ready for roofs by the end of the day on July 28th.  Habitat is looking for 25 volunteers each day for this exciting push.

When complete, Belmont Cottages will be a 15-home, mixed-income sustainable community located adjacent to Moore's Creek and the Rivanna Trail and within blocks of Belmont Park. The community was made possible by a generous land donation by local realtor, Lane Bonner and features homes designed by local architect Clay Greene. Market rate home sites are now available. For information about lots, please contact Don Franco at Community Results at (434) 974-9285.

The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing by working with low income families, volunteers and the communities of greater Charlottesville.  Our New Paradigm for Affordable Housing is setting a national standard by building beautiful, environmentally sustainable homes in mixed-income neighborhoods.  Habitat recently completed work at Sunrise Park, the first trailer park redevelopment in the nation without resident displacement. On the horizon is the redevelopment of the Southwood Mobile Home Park, a 100-acre opportunity in the Albemarle County growth area.

To get more information on volunteering, please contact Volunteer Manager, Sara Parrish at sparrish@cvillehabitat.org or (434) 293-9066 ext. 200. To find out more information about Belmont Cottages, or to learn about opportunities to get involved visit Habitat's website at www.cvillehabitat.org.

Directions to Belmont Cottages: From Downtown Charlottesville, take Avon Street south. Belmont Cottages is located on the left just before crossing Moore's Creek at the Albemarle/Charlottesville border.

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