In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. AmeriCorps Project Conserve members organized a service day with Habitat for Humanity of Henderson County, at their new community development called Dodd Meadows. ACPC members were able to help with tasks that Habitat had been hoping to complete for some time. According to Habitat’s volunteer coordinator Mel, while regular volunteers provide key work, large groups like AmeriCorps provide capacity to complete some of the more time- or personnel-intensive projects.
ACPC members split into teams under supervision of Habitat employees and long-time volunteers. One group helped apply insulation and construct a house. Meanwhile, across the street, another group worked to landscape a finished home. Down the road members worked sorting and sawing lumber.
In all, 28 ACPC members contributed six hours each of time on the projects which equates to a total of 168 hours. In the final circle of the day, Habitat and ACPC members alike expressed gratitude for the opportunity to spend a day doing meaningful service to provide quality, affordable housing for folks in the community. This service was fueled by the gracious donations of ten food providers: Flat Rock Bakery, Fresh Market Asheville, Harmon Dairy, Hendersonville Co-op, Joey’s New York Bagels, Mountain Food Products, Neo Burrito, Starbucks, Sunny Creek Farms, and Whole Foods Asheville.
When completed, Dodd Meadows will be home to 82 families and an estimated 300 children. Many homeowners will the first in their families to own their own homes. Visit the Hendersonville Habitat for Humanity website to learn more about this community, and their other projects: http://habitat-hvl.org/projects.asp