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    ROCKY MOUNTAIN SAILORS HELP LOCAL FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN SAILORS HELP LOCAL FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Gilbert Bolibol | 190601-N-WR110-0077 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 1, 2019) Sailors from Operational...... read more read more

    During their drill weekend, local Sailors committed four hours supporting the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) with various assistance in their warehouse and sales floor assuring stocked shelves for local families.

    Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity helps build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable housing. PPFH is an affordable homeownership program that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

    “We are a housing facility organization for low-income families that require volunteer hours as part of the program for families to obtain a house” said Andria Vincent, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator. “The opportunity to build homes for low-income families creates stability and children are twice as likely to attend college after moving into a habitat house.”

    Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity also helps the local community with recycled products to be throughout the city keeping unwanted items in landfills.

    “The porcelain dumpster consists of nine tons of material and gets picked up once a month,” explained Vincent. “The City of Colorado Springs will take the material and grind it down to be used as road base to help fix our local roads in El Paso County.”

    Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) 3rd Class Lissette Rojas, attached to OSU 1914, organized the COMREL event for local Sailors during their June drill weekend.

    “We wanted to help out the community and go beyond our regular drill duties” said Rojas. “This provides a more meaningful experience for our shipmates when we are giving back to the community and they can see the impact that they provide.”

    “We chose Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity because they provide assistance to our local community and approximately 80 other countries around the world providing assistance for humanitarian efforts” expressed Rojas.

    Sailors took part in demolishing furniture, organizing the warehouse and outdoor supplies to rearranging furniture on the sales floor to provide visibility to local shoppers.

    “We helped move heavy building material and organized them to provide a safe passageway for customers” said Master at Arms Seaman Ethan Bucknall. “People can come by to pick out various materials for their projects to help build homes.”

    Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity receives up to 35 different organizations that help bring group volunteers from schools, churches, businesses and military.

    “Having the Navy here is great especially in an Air Force and Army community so to see Sailors here helping the community is wonderful and very appreciative” said Vincent.

    For more information on Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and how to get involved, please go to www.pikespeakhabitat.org

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    Date Taken: 06.01.2019
    Date Posted: 06.25.2019 16:28
    Story ID: 324993
    Location: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US 
    Hometown: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US
    Hometown: MIAMI, FL, US
    Hometown: SAN DIEGO, CA, US

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