Habitat Build Day
Nine volunteers representing the Rotary Club of Washington DC worked on the Habitat house under construction in Ivy City on Saturday, June 7.
The house that Rotary has sponsored as a Centennial Project will be highly energy efficient when completed and is one of three townhouses being constructed on the property. Utility bills are estimated to be only 10-15% of a comparable newly constructed dwelling (without the energy efficient technology). Following an explanation of what makes these structures different and fortified by coffee and doughnuts, the volunteers split up into three groups with each volunteer selecting a task of their choice. We were also joined by several future Habitat homeowners who were in the process of fulfilling the “sweat equity” requirement needed before purchasing a Habitat house. The group worked steadily cutting and installing furring strips on the exterior of the house in preparation for installation of the siding material.
After a half day of labor, a great deal had been accomplished and the group was rewarded with lunch provided by several Brownies who decided to support Habitat for Humanity by purchasing lunch for our group with proceeds from this year’s Girl Scout cookie sales. It was a perfect way to end the day. Many thanks to our volunteers: Pres. Shaun English, Ken Kimbrough, Ken Brown, Marta Pentassuglia and her husband Massimo, Dan McCarthy (Reston Rotary), Alicia Fougere (Dupont Circle Rotary), Valerie Varela (prospective DC Rotary) and PP Howard Davis for their time and volunteer spirit.