Friday, July 5, 2013
Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County has announced the beginning date for its Youth United build will be Saturday, July 13.
The public is invited to take part in the site dedication and build at 2015 Church Street, Georgetown, across from the Georgetown County School District’s Beck Administration Building. Construction will take place on Saturdays, as well as some Wednesdays and Fridays.
Annette Perreault, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, said she is excited about this build, which is the first of its kind in South Carolina.
“Generous corporate and individual donors have provided funding to build this home, as well as the proceeds from the 2013 Pawleys Pavilion Reunion,” Perreault said.
“Please come out and join us on July 13 for a brief site dedication ceremony at 8 a.m. with construction work immediately following.”
She added that no experience is necessary and Habitat for Humanity will provide tools and instructions for using them.
“Insurance laws require that everyone on the job site be 16 years or older when power tools are being used,” Perreault said. “We will be having other activities for young people under 16 years as construction progresses through the various phases.”
Youth United is a Habitat for Humanity initiative for young people from 5 to 25 years of age. The goals for the program are to help young people develop awareness of poverty housing and to learn leadership skills.
The home is for the Brown family, Lori Brown, her daughters, Tyniqua and Raqua, granddaughter, Zoraya Boyd, and niece Keisha.
A group of 15 students is serving as the steering committee for the Youth United build through Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County.
Ophelia Snow, the youth coordinator and advisor for the Youth United program, said the students from Georgetown middle and high schools, Carvers Bay middle and high schools and Waccamaw and Andrews high schools will make decisions about raising money, applying for grants, building the house and recruiting volunteers.
Their goal is to build a Youth United house each year.
Snow said they have developed a slogan which is: “Youth lending hands; so that others may simply live.”
“Invite your school, church, or organization to participate in eliminating sub-standard houses and to build decent homes to serve families in our communities,” Snow said.
For more information about Youth United and to get involved, contact Ophelia Snow at 843-546-5685 ext. 9, or visit www.habitatgeorgetown.com.
The Habitat for Humanity Women Build home is also under construction at 615 Johns Street between Hawkins and Bourne streets, by the International Paper Mill.
The public can park on Kaminski Street, across from GKCU, and access the construction site. Organizers have planned a Tuesday, Thursday construction schedule from 8 to 11:30 a.m. for the Women Build. This home is for the Bonds family.
By Clayton Stairs