Written By: Chloe Hopper
Thirty-five hardworking volunteers from Team Lightning recently had the opportunity to work on two homes with Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury. Music Water graciously contributed water for all the volunteers. Copper Kettle Café generously donated delicious breakfast and lunch. We got a chance to dig into their hash brown casserole, sausage, bacon, eggs, mac’ n’ cheese, and even more mouth-watering options!
Headed up by the lead contractor, Tasha Towry, volunteers were educated on tools and the principles of construction. Working on the first home, Team Lightning began tackling landscaping, creating flower beds at the entrance of the house, planting shrubs and flowers, laying mulch, and seeding the grass, then moving inside to start laying baseboards. This first wave of volunteers helped get the ball rolling on this great opportunity to give back!
The second group of Team Lightning volunteers focused on siding the home, cutting, cleaning, and installing wood panels. This second home is particularly special because it is going to be gifted to Maria Herrera, who emigrated from Colombia sixteen years ago, not knowing how to speak English. Before moving to Nashville in 2005, Maria was in New Jersey, raising her son, Abraham, while enrolled in community college to master the English language and waiting tables at a local restaurant. After relocating, the family found themselves struggling to make ends meet. Living in Williamson County, Maria and her son shared a bedroom in a small apartment. Now, Maria is eternally grateful for their new home, and Abraham is thrilled to have his own space! To learn more about Maria and her marvelous story, please visit, www.HFHWM.org.
Habitat For Humanity will be hosting a Hammers and High Heel Event on June 1st, to fundraise for the 2019 Women Build. The majority of these funds will go toward the home for Maria and her family, and on June 15th, Habitat for Humanity will be presenting Maria with her new home.
Check out the photos from the build below and keep an eye out for more incredible opportunities to benefit the community on behalf of Team Lightning and Lightning 100.