Recent Community Involvment Projects by Members of the HBA of Raleigh-Wake County
To support homeownership we first must support our community. We are committed to several charity and community service events that include scholarships for High School Seniors in Wake County, Wake County Technical College Scholarships, and other industry related non-profit events such as ramp builds and the Home Builders Blitz.
Members from the Triangles Sales and Marketing Council (TSMC), part of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties donated 14,065 pounds of food, or 11,844 meals, to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina through Canstruction® Raleigh in September 2012.
The event called, Build Against Hunger sponsored by Stock Building Supply, showcased structures made entirely out of canned food by the three builder teams - KB Home, Lennar, and M/I Homes.
The can structures, were on display and open to the public during the weekend of the Southern Ideal Home Show, Sept. 21-23. After the home show, the structures were broken down and the food was donated to the Food Bank.
Canstruction®, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions where all of the food used in the structures is donated to the local food banks. Since its inception, the group has donated more than 10 million cans of food to organizations working to fight hunger. To read more about Canstruction, visit their website. www.canstruction.org.
Teams had one day to complete the build which was held on Tuesday, Sept. 18.One team created their company logo, another team built a house, and the third team built the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. Food Lion provided discounts on the food, and each team was responsible for determining their structure, can selection and covering the cost of food.
During an event on the evening of Sept. 20, the structures were judged by a people’s choice as well as a juror panel comprised of Linda Fisher, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina; Larry Holloway, Food Lion; Wayne Holt, Reward Builders and 2012 Vice President of the HBA; Michael Hubbard, Michael Hubbard, Architect, PA; and Rick Vancil, Stock Building Supply. Prizes were awarded to Lennar’s lighthouse for People’s Choice, Juror’s Choice and Best Overall. KB Home was awarded Best Meal for the variety of cans they used in their structure, and M/I Homes received Honorable Mention for their logo structure which used most varieties of Progresso Soup. View photos from the event.
Helping Hand Mission and the New Bern House
The New Bern House, a transitional home and food shelter that is part of the Helping Hand Mission and an asset to the City of Raleigh, received a whole house electrical update and kitchen renovation through the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County in the Fall of 2011.
Members of the Triangle Sales and Marketing Council (TSMC), including Wayne Holt of Reward Builders, Inc., completed a fantasy bedroom makeover for a special boy with several physical and medical challenges in the Spring of 2011.
Eight year old Justin is a chronically ill child with several respiratory, digestive, and orthopedic symptoms that limit his ability to be outside. He is mainly restricted to his bedroom inside a house that is burdened by increasing electrical, storage and medical demands needed for his ongoing care and treatment.
After learning about the difficulties that face the family on a daily basis, volunteers from the TSMC, part of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties, teamed up with April’s Angels to remodel Justin’s bedroom. The bedroom makeover was an “under the sea” theme. In addition, Reward Builders, Inc. was able to upgrade the lighting, electrical and flooring, and added a wall of storage cabinets in the bedroom. April’s Angels™ is a non-profit organization which provides fantasy bedrooms to children with chronic illnesses or conditions in central North Carolina. Their mission is to bring new life into the homes of families with children whose activities outside the home are limited due to their illness or condition.
View the video from this project.
George to the Rescue, Volunteer Rescue Remodel Project
The Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County was invited by NBC’s Today Show and George to the Rescue, a home improvement television show, to serve as the certified experts [several remodelers have CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) designations] for a special volunteer project that will benefit a bride who was paralyzed during a tragic accident. Learn more about CAPS here.
On Feb. 10, 2011, NBC’s Today Show announced a surprise home renovation project for Rachelle Friedman and her fiancée, Chris Chapman. This rescue remodel project has modified their Knightdale home and created more usable living space for Rachelle.
Working alongside the host of George to the Rescue, George Oliphant, the Remodelers Council has made the couple’s two story home wheelchair accessible by installing an elevator, renovating the master bathroom, redesigning their master bedroom to include a walk-in closet, upgrading their kitchen, and renovating the deck. The show utilized the knowledge and expertise of the Remodelers Council members, many who are CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) certified.
- Watch the Today Show Rescue Reveal:
- Watch the George to the Rescue Remodel Part 1 and Part 2!
- View a list of volunteers and companies that donated their time and materials for this project!
Operation Coming Home
Combat disabled veteran, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Stan Roberts, received a new home on Thursday morning, Nov. 4, 2010. Sgt. Roberts was treated to a tearful surprise, as Sgt. Daniel Kim, the man responsible for saving his life in Iraq, appeared at the end of the ceremony with the keys to his new house.
The large celebration, called the Hero Home Finale, is a result of Operation: Coming Home, a unique joint volunteer project led by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA) and it members that builds and donates homes for disabled combat veterans.
The Hero Home, built by Royal Oaks Building Group, LLC with land donated by developer Gaines and Company, cost under $5,000 thanks to the donations of materials and labor from additional HBA sponsors and community volunteers.
In October of 2008, members of the HBA built and donated a home to veteran Joey Bozik, the project’s first recipient. Bozik, a sergeant in the 16th Military Police Brigade based at Fort Bragg, was injured in 2004 when his Humvee hit a bomb south of Baghdad.
This second Hero Home was featured in the 2010 Wake County Parade of Homes. Both homes were built in the town of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. and received big-hearted support from the town’s government and local community.
One of the annual priorities for the Remodelers Council of the HBA is an opportunity to serve the community through a volunteer project. In June 2010, the council planned a short project for the Wrenn House Crisis Intervention Program, a homeless/runaway/crisis intervention program and shelter for youth in the Triangle. In 2010, this initial small project turned into a whole house remodel to benefit the quality of life for at-risk youth. The large remodel project would not have been possible if not for the remodelers and companies who donated labor and materials for the renovation.
The Association believes in the college dream. To help make this dream a reality, the association offers college scholarships to students enrolling in construction and building trades in North Carolina who will attend Wake Tech Community College and/or NC Public Colleges.These trades can include: electrical/electronics technology, air conditioning, heating and refrigeration, plumbing technology, architectural engineering technology, civil engineering technology and surveying.
On July 23, 2007, the HBA presented, a ten-year, $250,000 scholarship commitment to Wake Tech Community College. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement.