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Now in its 13th year, our largest event, Building Freedom Day, was born out of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. A Habitat homeowner suggested that we raise the walls on multiple homes for hardworking families as a way to heal the community. With your help, on Thursday, September 11, 2014, we continued this legacy of building hope from the ashes of tragedy and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year, we raised the walls of four new homes in our Copper Vista neighborhood. Additionally, we will be revitalizing 2 homes and 2 neighborhood improvement projects.  Through this program, we repair existing houses in the neighborhood ensuring that our neighbors get the same opportunity for a hand up as our homeowners and that the communities in which we build, thrive. “Building Freedom Day began as a way to heal the community,” said T. VanHook, Chief Executive Director.  “By focusing on others and providing an activity that answers a pressing community need, people are not only called to action, but it is also a way for us to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.” Since our first Building Freedom Day in 2002, more than 7,300 volunteers have come together to construct a total of 84 Habitat homes at Building Freedom Day.  Each volunteer has had a hand in changing the lives of those 88 families forever.

“… the volunteers seemed to have a good time while staying productive. They went home with a sense of accomplishment. The future homeowners were on site, and their sense of quiet gratitude was coming through…It seems almost like magic, to take a large number of unskilled people, a few more knowledgeable ones, and mostly frame someone’s home in a day. I have done it many times with a pro crew, but this was special.” Bruce Hallowell Long Cares Foundation Board Member & Habitat Building Freedom Day Volunteer .

This year we are building at our new neighborhood, Copper Vista, which is located about a quarter of a mile south east of the intersection of Park Avenue and Drexel Road.

Thank you to our Building Freedom Day 2014 sponsors!

HOME BUILDERS: ARCHITECT LEVEL
$50,000 and upLong Realty Cares Foundation

Tucson Medical Center

HOME BUILDERS: CONTRACTOR LEVEL
$25,000-$49,999

Citi

Women Build Steering Committee & Donors

BUILDER LEVEL
$10,000 – $24,999

Bank of America

BBVA Compass

Cox

GEICO

Lowe’s

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church

Union Pacific Foundation

Wells Fargo

PAINTER LEVEL
$1,000-$9,999

Affinity Financial

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Catalina In-Home Services

Copper Point

Community Church at SaddleBrooke

Community Partners of Southern Arizona

Denton Family Foundation

DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy P.C.

Humana

Morgan Stanley

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

Tofel Construction

Tucson Association of Realtors

Tucson Electric Power

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

US Bank

“UNDER–The-TENT” DONORSAmerican Red Cross of Southern Arizona

Arizona Daily Star - Tucson.com

Coca Cola

Culligan/Oasis

Discount Disc Jockey

eegee’s

Fairfax Companies

Fry’s Food Stores

Panera

PRO-EM Party Concepts

Southwest Valet

Tucson Recycling and Waste Services

Whole Foods

Building Freedom Day 2013

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Brooke Sanders-Silverman for questions at brookess @ habitattucson.org or (520) 326-1217 ext. 211.

For media inquiries please contact Laura Sanchez at lauras @ habittucson.org or (520) 326-1217 ext. 13