January 25, 2014
On Saturday, January 25th, students from Brentwood, Centennial, Fairview, and Franklin High Schools’ Habitat High Clubs bundled up and braved the cold to visit neighborhoods throughout the county. During this organized “Knock and Deliver” effort, students distributed donation request packets door to door in hopes of receiving tax deductible contributions toward the costs of building the 2014 Habitat High home for a local, hard-working family.
Over 650 high school students are part of Habitat High Clubs across the county. These organized clubs in each Williamson County high school pledge to raise funds and provide volunteers to build a home each year in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County. The Habitat High build is always the first of the year for Habitat Williamson, and this year’s build for the Pelfrey family will begin on February 8th in Fairview.
“Knock and Deliver” is one of several projects undertaken by the schools involved to raise the $70,000 that covers a house sponsorship. The $70,000 pays for the materials to build the home. Students, faculty, other volunteers and the partnering family will work together over a five-week period to complete the home. The home will then be sold by Habitat to the partner family with a zero-interest mortgage.
Centennial High School biology teacher and Habitat High Club Sponsor Ross Lyons has been hard at work helping his students prepare for the campaign. “The students have an opportunity to be actively involved in the fundraising through “Knock and Deliver.” Students get involved in Habitat in order to help build the home from the ground up, but “Knock and Deliver” shows them that before there is a ground to build on, there is a lot of work to support the financing of the home.”
Habitat Williamson Volunteer Coordinator Billy Whipple has been working with the high schools since the beginning of the school year. “We are blown away by the hard work of the students. The clubs have come up with so many creative ways to raise funds, and individual students have created online donations pages that have together raised almost $4000 through social media for the Pelfrey’s home. We even had one student from Ravenwood High School who on her own collected $600 through her online giving page! We are off to a great start, but “Knock and Deliver” will be paramount to our fundraising efforts. We still have a long way to go. We hope everyone who receives a request will donate and support the efforts of their local high school students.”
The Habitat High home will be dedicated on Sunday, March 9 to the Pelfrey family. The Pelfreys can’t wait to start building and will be working each weekend alongside the high school students. “We want to become homeowners so we can have a stable and secure place for our child to grow up. We are forever thankful and grateful to everyone for helping our dream come true.”