Lincoln Academy Habitat Volunteers at the Brunswick Habitat site.

Lincoln Academy Habitat Volunteers at the Brunswick Habitat site.

On November 15 and 22 the Lincoln Academy Habitat Team participated in a home build with Habitat 7 Rivers, which is working on a project in Brunswick, Maine.

Habitat 7 Rivers is the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate that serves Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Northern Cumberland counties. The group recently purchased a one-acre piece of property in Brunswick just south of Bowdoin College, where they plan to build four single family homes. The first of these homes is currently under construction, and is being built by veterans for a local veteran and his family.  Once this home is completed and occupied, Habitat 7 Rivers will start a second home on the same property, close it in before midwinter, and complete it in the Spring of 2015. The remaining two homes are scheduled to be built in the summer and fall of 2015.

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Despite frigid temperatures, 22 students and two teachers in the LA Habitat Club were able to work on the first home site during two Saturdays in November. The team worked on framing, making and setting roof trestles, building a front porch, and roofing.

Faculty advisor Jeremy Marks describes LA students’ Habitat experience this way: “Habitat club is about helping students understand their ability to impact the community they live in.  The hard work students do on build sites is a physical representation of what we are trying to “build,” but the sense of accomplishment students feel in working as a team to create change, hope, and happiness in people’s lives is just as important.”

The club will continue to help out on this site until all four houses are completed, which will offer plenty of opportunities to work in different phases of construction over the next year.