Home Depot employees help Habitat for Humanity

PARKERSBURG – A group of employees from Home Depot was on hand at the latest Habitat For Humanity build in Parkersburg Thursday and Friday.

Five to seven Home Depot employees, who are a part of Team Depot, did painting and other work at the site of the 65th Habitat house being built locally at 1335 Ridgeway Ave. in Parkersburg.

”It shows their commitment to better the neighborhoods in the communities where they are located at,” said Alvin Phillips, executive director of Wood County Habitat for Humanity.

Store manager Kathy Parsons, who was on site, said their efforts on this project are part of Home Depot’s values in being involved in the area and in projects locally.

”We do quite a few community projects,” she said. ”It is all about giving back to the communities we serve.”

Since Parsons came to Home Depot, the business has reached out into the community on projects, including Habitat For Humanity, Habitat construction supervisor Chad Ray said.

Habitat uses volunteer labor, donations and donated materials and land to keep homes affordable for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to own their own homes through conventional means.

Habitat homebuyers are required to attend homebuyer education classes and complete “sweat equity” hours in working on local Habitat projects as well as their own. The homeowners pay a zero percent interest mortgage to buy the house from Habitat.

With painting and the other work being done now, Ray said the house could be ready to move in in another month or so.