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Group of snowbirds volunteer to build with Habitat for Humanity

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TUCSON- A group of snowbirds from the Rincon Country West RV Resort work together to volunteer to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. 

Gerry Keener, from Oregon, said he and his wife have volunteered for 27 years with Habitat for Humanity. He said he currently leads a volunteer group of snowbirds from Rincon Country West RV Resort. Keener  and some of the people in the group have volunteered for 14 winters.

"We work January, February and March, one day a week, said Keener.

Keener said new volunteers continue to join the group. He said it is rewarding for both volunteers and those receiving the homes, since new homeowners are required to help build alongside volunteers. 

"They have to put in 250 hours of what we call sweat equity. 175 of them are here on the building site."

Volunteers are working to build 13 homes near E. Drexel Rd. and S. Park Ave. 

Priscilla Brown is  a future Habitat for Humanity homeowner. Brown said she enjoys helping build. 

"It gives us the opportunity to show our kids that hard work can get you somewhere," said Brown. 

Brown also said getting to know the volunteers is rewarding.

"They become like really true friends," said Brown. "It is more than just 'thank you for volunteering'. It really touches the heart."

Keener said Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers. He said just a "small part of it is on the building site". There are volunteer opportunities in the HabiStore, to work with a future homeowner and other specialized roles.

"There are so many committees that need help all the time," he said. "It's really important to get that participation."

To learn more about volunteering, click here.

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