'Under the Dome' actress gives back to Port City

Published: Jul. 25, 2015 at 9:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2015 at 9:43 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Nearly 20 volunteers worked in the Love Grove community Saturday to help put together the flooring system of a new house.

"You're helping somebody to build their lives to have a better life for their children," said Port City Church Volunteer Coordinator Richard Skalski.

The house is being built through the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. It will take months for the house to be complete, but different community groups come together to see the project to completion.

"They put me to work and they taught me how to hit the nail with the hammer every time," said Rachelle Lefevre. "And I learned how to use a band saw, which was really cool, I get to use a power tool."

Rachelle Lefevre is known for her role as Julia in Under the Dome, but volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is her way of giving back to her temporary home.

"You know there's that old saying, 'leave it better than you found it,' like if you stay in somebody's house," Lefevre explained. "And we've been staying in Wilmington and I want to leave it better than I found it."

More than giving back in her own way, Lefevre hopes that by spending time in the community she can encourage others to work with Habitat for Humanity as well.

"I just think that if you have a chance to, tell other people to come on out here and how amazing it is," she said. "And also to help people with what was stopping me for long, is the intimidation factor, how could I possibly be of help, you know?"

Lefevre wants people to know that no matter the skill level, any one can help build a home.

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