Fifteen local veteran men and women will join together for a day of service and swinging hammers with GHNFN on Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its duplex home project on Chestnut Street in Nashua. The event is open to the public and kicks off GNHFH’s newest program, Veterans Build.
Veterans Build is Habitat for Humanity’s national initiative to provide housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families. The program focuses on five key areas:
- Building affordable housing
- Engaging military members and supporters in volunteer work
- Connecting veterans to employment and volunteer opportunities within Habitat
- Promoting financial literacy and homeownership education programs, and
- Honoring local veterans with events that highlight veteran housing needs and their service to our country
Veteran volunteers will spend the day continuing the construction of the Habitat home, which is slated for completion in spring 2015. While only veterans are invited to volunteer that day, GNHFH invites the community to come by the construction site, support the veteran volunteers, have a cup of coffee and learn more about how to get involved with upcoming Habitat projects.
“Supporting veteran families is a natural fit with Habitat’s mission of providing safe, affordable housing to the people who need it most,” said Bill Stoughton, a veteran and GNHFH’s board president. “About 10 percent of New Hampshire’s citizens are veterans, putting our state higher than the national average. And many of these folks, who have risked their lives for our country, live below the poverty line and have trouble finding affordable housing. Habitat wants to change that.”
To learn more about the event and/or to sign up as a veteran volunteer or event supporter, please visit http://nashuahabitat.eventbrite.com.