SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A modest home is on its way to completion for a single Springfield mother and her two children.
The home building project was unique because nearly the entire homebuilding crew on Bristol Street in Springfield’s Upper Hill neighborhood are women. It is the 10th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week.
Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity has built dozens of homes for deserving families. High school student Kaylie Waldron felt the need to volunteer.
“It makes me feel really good, because we have to do service hours to graduate anyway, and I already finished my service hours. It just makes me feel good helping out the community,” Waldron said.
Completion of the two-story home is still a few months away, but construction director Christopher McKelvie is already pumped-up with pride.
“This is the best job in the world, you can’t ask for more. I’ve been working at Habitat for a decade, and here in Springfield for four years. It’s an honor to be a part of this,” McKelvie said.
Volunteers from Lowe’s Home Improvement comprised most of the workforce Wednesday, assisted by full-time volunteers, such as Tom McGowan of East Longmeadow.
“The reason why I do it: it’s just taking care of these folks who are on their way to being successful members of the community. I just want to nudge them along a little further,” McKelvie said.
Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity has been building homes for those in need for more than 30 years.