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Metro Council members and staff to help Habitat as part of “Give a Day” with Mayor’s Week of Service

Tuesday April 17, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
               Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752

Over the years, the Metro Council has approved millions of dollars for affordable housing programs and projects in Louisville. Now, some Council members and their staff will get a firsthand look at how one successful non-profit agency makes home ownership a reality for many families in Metro Louisville.

As part of its commitment to the Mayor’s Week of Service, Council members and staff will “Give a Day” to Habitat for Humanity on Friday, April 20th.

“This is an opportunity for us to join the thousands of others who are taking time to give back to the community,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) who is organizing the event. “Affordable housing is a priority for the Metro Council and Habitat plays a key role in addressing this priority. It also gives us a chance to show our community and its citizens.”

Joining Ward-Pugh for the day are Council members Attica Scott (D-1), Tom Owen (D-8), Glen Stuckel (R-17) and Stuart Benson (R-20). Six Members of member of the Council’s staff; Scott Harrington, John Torsky, Andrea Derouen, Kameron McNeal, Stephen Ott and Tony Hyatt have also volunteered for the day.

“Having worked on Habitat Homes for more than twenty-five years, I am excited to work with many of my Metro Council colleagues as we take part in the call for public service,” says Stuckel who added “Habitat is a non-profit who is looking for volunteers throughout the year. If you aren’t able to help during the week of service, please consider giving organizations like Habitat a call when you are able to join in the movement to better the lives of so many of our hard working citizens.”

The Council volunteers will be working at 1620 Columbia Street beginning at 8:30am on Friday.

Like any Habitat volunteer, the group will work on nearly every facet of home construction, helping with dozens of tasks including preparing the site for construction, framing, insulating, siding, hanging drywall and painting, just to name a few.

“I would encourage everyone to learn more about programs like Habitat for Humanity,” says Owen. “Keep in mind; volunteers are needed every day all over our community. Use this “Week of Service” to find out what you can do to help all year long.”

“Government’s role is to serve people. I believe strongly in Habitat’s mission of giving families the tools they need to prosper and grow,” says Benson. “I encourage more people to get involved regularly by volunteering.”

“Habitat has a great philosophy of changing neighborhoods one home at a time,” says Scott. “One volunteer can do much to affect change on any street or in any neighborhood.”

To learn more about the Habitat for Humanity in Metro Louisville and its programs go: http://www.hfhlouisville.org/