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York Habitat project seeks veterans for Army build


GREG GROSS The York Dispatch

Updated: 04/20/2012 10:46:07 AM EDT

York Habitat for Humanity is looking for veterans to help build a duplex for two of their own.

The build will start with a 12-hour house-raising event on Memorial Day, and the local Habitat is looking for 60 veterans to take part, said spokeswoman Miles Worden.

A groundbreaking ceremony at a lot at 564 and 566 Company St. in York City was held Thursday.

On Memorial Day, veterans will "frame it and put a roof on it in 12 hours" by working four-hour shifts, Worden said.

Non-veteran volunteers will be able to sign up to work on the homes after Memorial Day, she said.

The duplex is expected to be finished in November and will be dedicated on Veterans Day.

To help: The homes are being built for a U.S. Army soldier serving in Afghanistan and an Army veteran who was injured in combat, along with their families, Worden said.

A partnership with the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York made it possible for the land where the homes will be built to be acquired.

In order for the three-bedroom, two-story homes to be built, Habitat needs to raise $150,000.

Those who volunteer to build are asked to raise $25 in sponsorships or donate the money, which will go directly toward funding construction costs, Worden said.

Veterans interested in volunteering can contact Skip Clancy at 309-6966 or skip3908@aol.com or call the Habitat office at 854-6168 ext. 106 on or after Monday.

Non-veterans wanting to help can also call the office.

Habitat homes could not be built without help from volunteers, Worden said.

"It's amazing, not only the generosity of their money but also their time," Worden said.

-- Reach Greg Gross at 505-5434, ggross@yorkdispatch.com, or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/greggrss 

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