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 .
Thank you to our Building Freedom Day 2014 sponsors!
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 @ habitatucson.org or (520) 326-1217 ext. 213.