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ODU Habitat for Humanity Build Needs Volunteers Jan. 7 & 9

Got a coat? A few spare hours? Want to do some good?

The combined Old Dominion University/Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads home construction project in Lambert's Point is looking for volunteers during these chilly early January days to finish the job.

The construction project, started during Homecoming Week, will result in a home for a Norfolk single mother and her two teenage daughters.

Hundreds of volunteers signed up during Homecoming Week, but the project received a major setback when the structure was damaged during the November nor'easter. A handful of build days just before Christmas got the home project back on track. Now Habitat and ODU's project managers are looking for help on a few upcoming days to finish the job - including Thursday, Jan. 7, and Saturday, Jan. 9.

Richard Massey, associate vice president for foundations and campus coordinator for the Habitat project at ODU, said volunteers are also needed throughout the month.

"I'd like to try to energize the community by letting it know the project is far from completion, and there are still a lot of opportunities to help," Massey said.

"We still have the opportunity for offices and departments on campus to sign up and work as a group, and we're especially keen for "repeat" customers, the ones that may have volunteered before and enjoyed the experience of helping out."

Those interested in helping out are asked to contact Massey at rmassey@odu.edu, though a formal application to volunteer must be filled out through the Habitat for Humanity SHR Web site, www.shrhabitat.org.

Founded in 1988, Habitat SHR, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Its mission is to eliminate poverty housing and make decent housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat provides no-profit, no-interest mortgages to qualified low-income families in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Isle of Wight County.

Contact Habitat SHR at 640-0590, or go to www.shrhabitat.org for more information, to volunteer services or to make a financial donation.

This article was posted on: January 6, 2010

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