AFLCMC employees help build home for family

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio. -- Despite cold temperatures and snow on the ground, the warmth of the volunteer spirit could be felt inside a local Fair-born home under construction.

On Jan. 9, volunteers from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base partnered with the Greater Dayton chapter of Habitat for Humanity to provide labor for a house that will be occupied by a local single mother and her son. Before being selected for the Habitat for Humanity program, the mother had difficulties in providing a home suitable for her son's special needs.

According to the goals of the organization, Habitat for Humanity believes all hard-working individuals and families should have access to the benefits of homeownership and are committed to partnering with families to build safe and affordable   homes. Each family selected for the program must be willing to place "sweat equity" into their home by providing 275 to 550 hours of work (depending on family size) on their home, as well as assisting in the construction of other family's homes.  

AFLCMC volunteers assisted in building the framework for the 994-square-foot, three-bedroom ranch home in Fair-born. David Mauch, volunteer services director for the Dayton chapter of Habitat for Humanity, expressed thanks to base employees and encouraged   anyone willing to volunteer their time.

"We are so grateful to our base volunteers who do so much to support (Habitat for Humanity)," said Mauch. "We also have a need for anyone who is available to volunteer on week days as well as weekends."  

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit www.daytonhabitat.org and register for a time to volunteer.

Base employees have volunteered approximately 29,000 hours with Habitat for Humanity. The Fairborn home will be completed in early spring.