The Asheville Home Builders Association is committed to giving back to our community and supporting local housing projects. AHBA Members and Staff came together by donating both their time and professional talents for a fun day on the job site of one of Habitat’s many building projects on April 6th.
On why the Asheville HBA chose to work with a group like the Asheville Habitat for Humanity, Christi Stokes, the AHBA’s Executive Officer stated “The AHBA strives to be a leading resource for the home building market throughout Asheville. This community volunteer day is just one of many ways we are able give back to our area.”
The Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on a new project every 28 days, and is able to offer a home to those who may not be qualified for a traditional mortgage. These homes are then sold to the future homeowner at 0% interest, and each owner is able to put in ‘sweat equity’ to help make payments on their new home.
When asked by he chose to volunteer, Antonio Grion of Builders FirstSource added “Volunteering in any capacity, large or small, is important to me because it’s great to give back to the community. I have considered giving my time with Habitat in the past, and when you are working with people who have a common goal, it makes work seem less difficult. Sharing laughter and seeing progress in this project can not be described in words, but when you see the smile on the future owner face, you know it’s all worthwhile.”
The Asheville HBA worked towards grading the crawl space, adding the sill seal and plate, and finished the day with placing the joists that would be secured by the next volunteer crew.
“It is important for community leaders to volunteer first and foremost to give back to the community that has supported them!” said Diane Holmes of 1-800-Water Damage. “Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing to people in our community making it an outstanding cause for anyone in our community to get involved with. It was important for our team [Asheville HBA], because it provided an opportunity outside of our regular meetings to get to know each other on a personal level as well as see the work ethic of everyone.”
Founded in 1983 as first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) has built 295 new houses and repaired more than 170 homes in that time, providing more than 1,350 adults and children with safe, decent housing.
Interested in getting involved with the Asheville Habitat? Visit their website for information on ReStore, volunteering, or making a donation