SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity will break ground on its first home in Burgaw on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Steve Spain, with Cape Fear Habitat, said the need for affordable housing is huge in the Cape Fear.
Spain added that adding affordable housing helps the people who the community relies on the most.
"We always want someone to be at the hospital to draw our blood, if that is what is needed," said Spain. "We want the teacher to be there in the classroom, and we certainly want police and fire available when we have an emergency. If they have to live 20 or 30 miles out from the city, then we put all that at risk."
Volunteers are needed to help with the project on most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the build, which is projected to be finished in April.
No construction experience is needed to volunteer and you must be at least 16 years old.
Spain said volunteers get just as much out of the experience as the families who receive the homes.
"I think one of the biggest dangers is that people come out and volunteer for Habitat, then they want to go home and build their own shed or deck," he said. "They decide they can do anything, but you really will learn a lot of great skills out on the work site, you will meet great people, and you will be doing something good for you community too."
To view the build schedule or to sign up to volunteer, click here.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Chris Teeter at email@example.com or 910-762-4744 ext. 113.