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Volunteers Needed for Habitat for Humanity Build During Homecoming Week

Old Dominion University is looking for students, staff and faculty who might have a few hours to spend to help out a great cause.

In celebration of Homecoming 2009, a team of ODU workers will help Habitat for Humanity start to build a home at a site on campus and later erect it on a lot in Lambert's Point for a young family.

Beginning with a kickoff event at noon on Monday, Nov. 2, construction on the house will start at a site on the corner of 47th Street and Killam Avenue. Initial work on the walls and other house components will take place here, but the final construction will be done at the home's ultimate destination, 1522 W. 39th St., at the corner of 39th and Powhatan Avenue.

The work by ODU faculty, staff and students is being broken into days. Monday morning, the ODU Army ROTC is assigned to the site. Monday afternoon, it's volunteers from several student groups.

On Tuesday, it's the ODU Naval ROTC and the Office of Institutional Advancement. On Wednesday, it's Athletics, and on Thursday it's the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology.

But Richard Massey, associate vice president for foundations and campus coordinator for the Habitat project at ODU, said individuals and groups are still needed for the project.

"It's a great event, and it's wonderful to have the campus so involved. But what we're really looking for is offices to volunteer for a block of a few hours at a time," Massey said.

Staff, faculty and students can directly sign up for a volunteer time slot at http://www.volunteerup.com/Login.asp?w=i&o=137.

The home is being constructed for the Jones family of Norfolk. LaShawn Jones and her two daughters, Deja, 17, and Dijon, 14, have been matched to the 39th Street property.

Jones works at Opportunity Inc., a company that provides adults assistance to attend school. Jones herself has a goal to attend school - she hopes to enroll in college next year, at the same time as her older daughter.

"We're very excited with this opportunity to match an educational institution with a family that's in the educational field," said Sheila Bogott, communications and marketing manager with Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads.

"Once a family gets into a home, it provides stability for the kids, to have a consistent environment at home."

Jones, who has a friend who became a Habitat homeowner in 2003, is excited about being able to break the cycle of financial distress caused by uncertain accommodations. She loves the idea of having a gazebo out back for her future home, which is in the Lambert's Point neighborhood, just a few blocks south of the ODU campus.

For more information about the Habitat project at ODU, contact Massey at rmassey@odu.edu.


This article was posted on: October 27, 2009

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