Official: Habitat for Humanity in need of local volunteers
by Rachel Davis
Jul 12, 2012 | 1428 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Habitat for Humanity’s Birmingham office will be in Jasper next week building ramps for handicapped individuals. The program needs local volunteers to help with the work.

“This program focuses on individuals 14 to 25 years old, to try and engage the youth,” said Beth Jerome, vice president of marketing and development at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham. “But, we’re not going to turn any helpers away.”

The repairs will be going on from Tuesday, July 17 to Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Volunteers do not need any construction experience or knowledge to help with the project.

“We’ll have a site supervisor at each site so no one has to know what they’re doing when they get there — we’ll teach everybody” Jerome said. “We’ll be building the handicap ramps and maybe doing some painting and landscaping, if we get enough volunteers.”

The group has reached out to churches in the area and welcomes help from groups or individuals. A final list of the residences to be repaired has not been completed, because the number of repairs will depend on the number of volunteers. Water and drinks will be provided by the organization, but lunch will not be.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham is regarded as the fifth highest ranked of the more than 1,500 Habitat for Humanity International affiliates, according to the organization’s website. They cover Jefferson, Shelby, Walker and St. Clair counties. Each year they receive more than 3,200 housing assistance requests.

The office began a home repair program in March of 2006, in addition to the existing program to build low-cost housing to needy families. In a little more than six years, the program has completed more than 225 repairs, including more than 40 residences that were impacted by tornadoes last April.

To volunteer, contact Julie Howard at 205-780-1234 or via email at jhoward@habitatbirmingham.org.