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PCC Bond Team building homes with Habitat for Humanity
Photos and Story by Gina Whitehill-Baziuk
In the spirit of PCC’s 50th anniversary service challenge to give back to the communities that have supported the college, 15 staff members from the PCC Bond Program volunteered their time and energy on November 19, 2011, to help construct homes for low-income families in North Portland.
On a chilly Saturday morning, more than 50 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps, PCC Bond Program and other organizations, including one future Habitat for Humanity homeowner – Michelle Speakman, each donated seven hours to construct soffits (underside of roof overhang), wrap exterior posts, cut and install exterior siding, set up construction heaters, and secure and clean up the construction site.
Michelle Speakman, a single mother of two, already had several days of home building under her belt as she has accrued sweat equity by physically working on site to build both her home and her family’s independence from the ground up. “I’ve heard such wonderful stories about the services that Habitat provides,” Michelle said. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to build my own home with other Habitat homeowners and volunteers. It gives me the feeling that I am part of a strong community,” Michelle said.
Tamatha Hoyez, from the PCC Bond Office, organized the hugely successful volunteer effort with Marianne McClure, the Habitat for Humanity project manager. Huge kudos to both women and to Terrie Ezzat and Linda Degman, Bond Program Director, for providing a great breakfast and lunch spread for the hungry construction crew!