Marine industry volunteers lay foundation for Habitat home August 20, 2015
On Saturday, Aug. 8, volunteers and supporters of MIASF’s Habitat for Humanity house in Fort Lauderdale helped build the foundation of their first Habitat home – literally.
More than 50 people, including the home’s recipients and local politicians, attended the home’s first build day, where they were quickly put to work securing rebar for the home’s foundation.
Finally seeing her family’s home being built is extremely rewarding, said Tenisha Askins, who was one of more than 1,000 people who applied with Habitat for Humanity of Broward in 2013. “It was a long process, but it was worth it,” she said. Her son, who is in high school, is interested in joining the Coast Guard.
Employees with sponsors including Maritime Professional Training, National Marine Suppliers, Frank & Jimmies Propeller, Neptune Boat Lifts, Inc. and Ward’s Marine Electric were on site, and MIASF is looking forward to scheduling build days with all of the sponsors, including Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, High Seas Yacht Service and Denison Yacht Sales as well.
This was the first time for Habitat for Humanity of Broward that the volunteers were able to pitch in at this stage of the construction. Community leaders in attendance included Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and former Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle, and volunteers enjoyed BBQ provided by King of Racks.
MIASF and its members also plan to build an additional Habitat home next year, with the hopes that it will be for a veteran with Mission United and United Way. Most businesses are finding that due to a combination of deductions and a special tax credit program, donations not only build community but make good business sense due to the tax deductions that are available.
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