Sussex County employees to volunteer time for Habitat for Humanity

by Dave on October 14, 2010

Nearly two dozen Sussex County government employees will trade in their computers and calculators for hammers and hardhats this weekend to benefit a local charity and needy family.

County employees on Saturday, Oct. 16, will volunteer their time to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity by helping build a house at the corner of Greene Avenue and West Sixth Street in Laurel. Volunteers will give six hours of their ‘sweat’ to hang walls and perform other jobs in the home that benefits a single mother and her four children, who hope to move in by Christmas.

Employees from the County’s Accounting, Administration, Engineering, Finance, Information Technology, Personnel, Recorder of Deeds, Sheriff’s and Treasury offices, along with County Councilman Michael Vincent, are scheduled to work on the home from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The County organized the Build Day as an opportunity to gather employees who want to make a difference in the community, Sussex County Administrator David B. Baker said. “What better way to give back then by helping to build a home for a family to live in?” Mr. Baker said.

The Build Day is the latest partnership between Sussex County government and Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build decent, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. In March, the County donated to Habitat for Humanity the use of two vacant houses near Georgetown, which will be used as temporary housing for families waiting to move into their new homes and as quarters for AmeriCorps volunteers.

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