Thursday, April 1, 2010
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga will spend the organization’s spring service day April 10, called Kiwanis One Day, helping build a Habitat for Humanity home downtown and repairing facilities at Kamp Kiwanis in Apison, now owned by the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga.
About 20 downtown Kiwanis members will volunteer in morning and afternoon shifts to build a Habitat for Humanity home, from building walls and setting trusses to painting and landscaping.
“We can’t build our houses and sell them for the price that we do without volunteers,” said Dawn Hjelseth, Habitat director of volunteers. “They really are just a huge essential piece to our program.”
Kiwanis volunteer Jules Kinder, who’s been a member of the downtown club for two years, chose to work with the Habitat for Humanity project for One Day because she said she loved volunteering with an all-women Junior League team previously.
“I believe Habitat for Humanity is a sound investment in a family’s future,” Kinder said, “and I believe in building houses and hope.”
The club coordinator of sponsored youth Bobby Dann said 30 or 35 Kiwanis volunteers and student volunteers from Girls Preparatory School, McCallie School and UTC will spend that Saturday at Kamp Kiwanis with members of the Kiwanis Club of Ooltewah-Collegedale.
The students are members of the Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club and Circle K Club at school.
Groups will paint, repair roofs, floors and fencing and erect a new camp sign, donated by Fast Signs. The downtown club is also providing lunch for workers.
The downtown Kiwanis Club was involved with the donation of its namesake property to the Boys & Girls Club years ago, and BGC now runs an urban youth camp there in the summer.
“We’ve been very close to that anyway,” Dann said. “It’s time for us to kind of get our collective wisdom and collective manpower out there to help them.”
The Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga meets every Tuesday at noon at the Sheraton Read House.