If I Had A Hammer
The Moorings’ 20-year partnership with Indian River Habitat for Humanity makes a mighty impact
Peter and Margery Sparks smile as they and other volunteers paint The Moorings’ latest Habitat house. Helping others realize the dream of home ownership is what it’s all about.
A drum roll, please. Since they hammered their first nail into place 20 years ago, members of The Moorings Habitat for Humanity volunteer crew have built 68 homes, contributed $8.4 million and thousands of man- and woman-hours, in effect making The Moorings Yacht and Country Club the local Habitat affiliate’s largest community partner.
And they’re not finished yet.
On any given day, volunteers rise before dawn, roll up their sleeves, pick up their gear and head out to the work site, where they start sawing, hammering and painting. Others, less construction-minded, pitch in to organize and staff Habitat’s ReStore and help with fundraising efforts.
Like so many things that make a big impact, The Moorings Habitat collaboration began small, when two residents shared their concern about the lack of affordable low-income housing in Indian River County. They decided to reach out to others and do something about it.
That first year, Moorings residents raised enough money to build their first Habitat home. Last year they completed home No. 68, and are now gearing up to raise the walls on three more as they remain committed to Habitat’s mission: strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.