Annual Meeting, Co-op News

Co-ops, Habitat to Build Tenn. Homes

By Michael W. Kahn | ECT Staff Writer Published: December 16th, 2013

Grab your work boots and tool belt. It’s time to help Habitat for Humanity build two homes.

Marc and Lauren Pelfrey and son Maddux will receive a Habitat for Humanity house to be partially built by co-op volunteers. (Photo By: Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County)

Marc and Lauren Pelfrey and son Maddux will receive a Habitat for Humanity house to be partially built by co-op volunteers. (Photo By: Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County)

That will be the Touchstone Energy® community service project during the 2014 NRECA annual meeting. Circle Saturday, March 1, on the calendar.

The meeting will be in Nashville, Tenn., so Touchstone Energy turned to Middle Tennessee EMC and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association for help finding a worthy partner.

“After evaluating several projects, we agreed that Habitat for Humanity would be a perfect fit for our outgoing and ambitious members,” said Laura Cook, Touchstone Energy senior communications and public relations specialist.

No construction experience? No problem. Whether you wield a mean paint brush, know your way around siding or anything in between, there’s a job for you.

“There is plenty of work for everyone, and all skill levels are welcome,” said Cook. “Volunteers will be partaking in all phases of home construction, from start to finish.”

The project will focus on two properties that Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is working on in Fairview, Tenn., about 25 miles southwest of Nashville.

One of the houses will be nearing completion by annual meeting time, and will become the new home of the Pelfrey family. Marc Pelfrey installs dropped ceilings in commercial buildings; wife Lauren cares full time for their 17-month-old son Maddux.

The other house will be starting from a concrete slab. “We moved the second home up from the fall and are working to get a family lined up ASAP,” Kim Randell, the organization’s director of development, told ECT.coop.

Volunteers can bring their own tools if they wish, but it’s not necessary, since everything that’s needed will be provided. Also being provided is transportation from the Omni Nashville Hotel, the headquarters hotel for the meeting, as well as lunch. What you might want to bring is a poncho, because rain doesn’t stop construction.

“We at Habitat look forward to working with your team to make a positive and meaningful change in our community,” said Randell.

Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County has built some 140 homes. According to the group, the average monthly mortgage for one of those houses is $520, compared to the $923 average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Franklin, Tenn.

This will be the sixth annual community service project in conjunction with the annual meeting. Projects in years past include rehabilitating homes in New Orleans and making energy improvements to a school near Atlanta.

Registration for the service project is now open to authorized users of cooperative.com.

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