Habitat ‘Raise the Roof’ starts Thursday

PARKERSBURG – Help will be needed this weekend to “Raise The Roof” on Wood County Habitat For Humanity’s 67th house being built locally.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held 12:30 p.m. Thursday at 13th and Dillaway with work to begin immediately after.

”We will be building all afternoon, and again all day Friday and Saturday, in an effort to get this house under roof in three days,” said Lisa S. Collins, resource development coordinator for Wood County Habitat for Humanity.

Alvin Phillips, executive director of Wood County Habitat for Humanity, said the “Raise The Roof” project is becoming an annual event for the local Habitat chapter. This year’s project is being sponsored by West Virginia Central Credit Union.

”We are really excited about this year’s project,” Phillips said.

The “Raise The Roof” project brings attention to the work Habitat is doing locally, the need for volunteers to come out and help as well as looking for new families who may qualify to get a house built.

Habitat uses volunteer labor, donations and donated materials and land to keep homes affordable for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to own their own homes through conventional means. Homebuyers are required to attend homebuyer education classes and complete “sweat equity” hours in working on local Habitat projects as well as their own. The homeowners pay a zero percent interest mortgage to buy the house from Habitat.

The family this house is slated for is the Oyler-Corbin family.

”They have really been working hard on their hours,” Phillips said.

Phillips said it is always impressive on a build like this to have walls up and other things set in just a couple of days.

”It is an exciting time in the building process,” he said.

The event also illustrates that Habitat’s work is ongoing.

”We can always use volunteers any time and that we are doing Habitat work year around,” Phillips said.