August 6, 2014
Spring Hill, TN – On Friday, May 16, 70 soldiers from Ft. Campbell’s Delta Company 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry will trade their combat boots for work boots to help complete three Habitat homes underway in Spring Hill.
The partnership is in thanks to the Americans Supporting Americans (ASA) Adopt-A-Unit Program, which facilitates “adoptions” between towns, cities, or counties and individual military units throughout the country. The City of Franklin adopted the Delta Company several years back, and this partnership has resulted in a strong, supportive connection between the Company’s soldiers and the hosting civilian community.
“The City of Franklin sends care packages when we are deployed and have done numerous events for our Delta Company and our Battalion,” explains Company Commander John Yanikov. “We are always looking for tangible ways to give back to our ASA sponsor. I have done Habitat for Humanity builds in the past with previous units, and it always awesome to watch the house come together. I am definitely looking forward to it, and my soldiers are as well.”
For four hours, soldiers will be painting and completing the installation of doors, trim, shelving, and baseboards. “We are humbled and honored that the Delta Company has chosen to give back to its ASA community through Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County,” explains Community Engagement Manager Billy Whipple. “These brave men and women give so much to our Country; we are just excited to work alongside them for a day.”
Since April 12, hundreds of volunteers from all over the County have come together to fund and build these three houses for local, hard-working families. Before the homes are finished, each partner family will complete 280 hours of “sweat equity” by participating in a homebuyer’s education program and working on the build site. The homes will be dedicated on June 7, and Habitat Williamson will then sell each home at cost and with a zero-interest mortgage.
Habitat Williamson is still looking for volunteers who would like to work on the build site, as well as donations to cover costs. Seventeen thousand dollars are still needed to fund one of the homes, and anyone wanting to help can donate online quickly and securely at hfhwm.org. Those wanting to volunteer can contact Community Engagement Manager Billy Whipple at 615-550-5614.