CLEARWATER, FL — February 10, 2014 – Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County will spotlight its community volunteer program, which it considers to be “the heartbeat of Habitat,” when over 300 volunteers turn out to help the nonprofit build a home for a low income family in just seven days during its annual Blitz Build event, February 14 – 16 and February 19 – 22 in Clearwater. This year’s event, presented by HSN Cares, the philanthropic arm of HSN, will take place at two build sites in Habitat’s Stevens Creek subdivision at 1884 N. Betty Lane, in Clearwater. The featured Blitz Build home, sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, is being built for the Dixon family. A second home, which is being partially built during the event for the Hubbard-Lapos family, is sponsored by Lokey Automotive Group.
Blitz Build will start at 7:00 a.m. Friday, February 14th, and will conclude with the dedication of the Dixon family home on Sunday, February 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. Depending on the day, 30 to 80 volunteers each day will help Habitat Pinellas transform two concrete slabs and block walls into homes. From raising the roof on day one, to laying the sod on day seven, the Blitz Build volunteers will be challenged to have the Dixon home completed in time for its dedication on Sunday, February 23rd.
“Our Blitz Build event was conceived to celebrate Habitat for Humanity’s most treasured asset, our community volunteers,” said Ron Spoor, interim CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. “Last year alone, nearly 30,000 volunteer hours were logged on our build sites, involving thousands of volunteers who helped us build and rehab 29 homes.”
During the seven-day build period, volunteers will work one of two shifts daily: 7 a.m. – noon and noon to 6 p.m. In addition to fully completing the featured Blitz Build home during the seven-day period, volunteers will also help Habitat Pinellas build about 75 percent of the Hubbard-Lapos home. Due to medical circumstances, that home’s family members cannot participate in the Blitz Build, so a portion of the work on that home will be saved for the family to help complete later in the spring in compliance with the requirements of Habitat for Humanity’s program.
This marks the eighth Habitat Pinellas home that Publix Super Markets Charities has sponsored, and the sixth home that Lokey Automotive Group and Lokey Charities have sponsored. This year’s presenting sponsor, HSN Cares, has also sponsored three Habitat Pinellas homes in as many years and will be sponsoring a fourth later this spring.
In addition to a team of 11 service men and women from the U.S. Coast Guard, several corporate volunteer teams will participate throughout the seven-day event including: CarMax, Ed White Hospital, Franklin Templeton, HSN, Lokey Automotive Group, Publix Super Markets and Tampa Bay Times Forum. Other volunteer groups participating include: Anona United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Cottage School.
Because the event is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting Habitat Pinellas, volunteers pay a $25 participation fee. Blitz Build concludes on Sunday, February 23rd, with the home dedication ceremony at 1:00 p.m., immediately followed by a picnic for the volunteers and the homeowner families. Volunteers can register on the Habitat Pinellas website at www.habitatpinellas.org.
The Blitz Build construction sites are located in Stevens Creek, a proposed 51-unit subdivision being constructed by Habitat Pinellas on the former Homer Villas public housing site. Stevens Creek is located at 1884 North Betty Lane at the southwest corner of Sunset Point Road and North Betty Lane in Clearwater.
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About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 290 homes for struggling families in Pinellas County, using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat Pinellas homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. For Pinellas County, that translates to as little as $22,500 a year for a family of four. Candidates must also demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat Pinellas to invest 250 to 350 sweat equity hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that home ownership contributes to family stability, leading in turn to community stability. Additionally, Habitat Pinellas raises funds through their ReStore, a home improvement outlet where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact (727) 536-4755 or visit www.HabitatPinellas.org.
About HSN, Inc.
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