Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

Hundreds of volunteers rally to complete framing of six homes in three days!

Hundreds of volunteers rally to complete framing of six homes in three days!

This past weekend, hundreds of volunteers from across the community joined Habitat Partner Families to jumpstart the second and final phase of construction of Sunrise Park—a mixed-income, multi-generational, green community that represents the first trailer park redevelopment in the nation without resident displacement.  

Despite the impending storm, the Blitz Build took place as planned and spanned the entire weekend.  In the spirit of an old-fashioned barn-raising, volunteers shared a meal together and worked in shifts to stand up walls and hammer them into position.  Dozens more worked behind the scenes to ensure an organized registration process and to provide refreshments.

The Blitz Build generated a lot of excitement, and volunteers turned out in force.  Karen Pape, a member of the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR), swung a hammer alongside 20 of her colleagues.  “I am very happy to be supporting this Blitz Build project and our local Habitat for Humanity,” said Pape. “We live in one of the country’s best communities, yet there are many people in our very own Charlottesville who are struggling with the basics of food and shelter. To be able to work with realtors, builders and general community residents to help provide affordable housing for the hard working families in need of a hand up is a dream come true for me. Not only do I get to have a fun day working with my friends, but it makes me feel great to be able to give back to my community and to see lives changed!”

Volunteers like Pape built alongside Habitat’s Partner Families like Jasmine Fuentes, a mother of four who works at the Colonnades as a Certified Nurse Assistant. “Working to help build my own house has taught me so much,” said Fuentes. “At first I was afraid because I did not know how to use the power tools, but Habitat staff showed me how to do things I never thought I would be able to do. I am very grateful that so many volunteers care and are giving their time to help me build my house.”

Exceeding the weekend’s goals ensures that the homes will soon be under roof before cold weather sets in, allowing volunteers to complete indoor tasks throughout the fall and winter in time for Jasmine and five other Partner Families to move in mid-spring.  The Blitz also propels Habitat closer to reaching its Project 20 goal—our promise to the community to build at least 20 homes annually until housing poverty is a thing of the past.

Watch NBC 29's coverage of Friday's kick-off Blitz build.

View images from the Fall 2012 Blitz Build below!

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