Masterbuilt from New Albany has once again sent folks to work on a house in the Circle of Hope.
Pontotoc County Habitat for Humanity director Danny Park said people like this are vital to the survival of the organization.
“Habitat could not exist without volunteers,” he said. “Our construction is completed with volunteers. And companies who give up their employee productivity for the day is very much appreciated.”
Park noted that Masterbuilt sent 29 people over three days who worked eight hours each day, which equals out to 232 hours the company gave up so someone can have a home.
James Matthews with Masterbuilt explained why it is so important to the company to encourage volunteerism.
“Our corporate parent, Standex, encourages all employees to get involved in the community,” he said.
“It is good that we can do this. We enjoy this because we can make a difference. It is more meaningful than just bringing home a pay check.”
Those who worked on Monday May 6, included: James Matthews, James Washington, Tonya Priest, Karen Thomas, Teresa Jones, Toby Reynolds, Katrina Carruthers, Denna Kay Jordan, Deepak Parida, Kellie Grose and Lisa Simpson.
On Tuesday May 7, the following people came: Darrell Dawden, Allen Garrison, Kerry Hodges, Delaine Holloway, Jewel Nebsit, Kenneth Robbins, James Tate, Toby Taylor and Thomas Weinhold.
On Wednesday May 8: Clay Morman, Chris Campbell, Jeremy Warren, Amber Brown, Jesse Carrillo, Dina Aguilar, Kevin Gambill and James Matthews.
The Pontotoc Habitat for Humanity has been in operations here since August of 1991. The group builds affordable housing for low-income families in an attempt to alleviate poverty housing in Pontotoc County. The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity is "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope". Homes are built using volunteer labor and Habitat makes no profit on the sales.
The first place homes were built were off of Bolton Street and currently the organization has a subdivision off of Clark Street called Circle of Hope. Other homes have been or rehabilitated in other places across the county.
A tithe of all that is given to Habitat in Pontotoc is used to build homes in Africa.