Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 Build-a-thon

From 2011 Build-a-thon
The 2011 Build-a-thon was a huge success. We had a great turnout all four days, and although a bit of rain on Monday dampened the construction site, it didn't dampen enthusiasm. Hundreds of volunteers, Lutheran and non-Lutheran alike, worked together to frame 7 houses for deserving families. All of the houses got their roof sheathing on, and most got additional blocking and nailing that's normally done after the build-a-thon. In short, we got the furthest along during any build-a-thon at Habitat East Bay.

This year, in addition to a house sponsored by Thrivent Builds, there's another special Lutheran house, sponsored by the Trudy Heinecke Trust. As the sign on the front of the house says:
In her lifetime, Trudy Heinecke was a leader and friend to Habitat East Bay. Her greatest dream was to leave the opportunity of homeownership to a deserving family. Find out how you can make a lasting legacy at

Both houses are part of an 8 home project in Tassafaronga Village in the Woodland neighborhood of Oakland, and are about 2 blocks from the 14 homes done in phase 1. It's due east of the Oakland Coliseum, and across the street from two schools and the new East Oakland public library.

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated to make the 2011 Build-a-thon a huge success. And a special shout-out to our Lutheran volunteers during the build-a-thon, from Zion Lutheran (Oakland/Piedmont), St. Paul Lutheran (Oakland), Resurrection Lutheran (Dublin) and Christ the King (Fremont).

From 2011 Build-a-thon
From 2011 Build-a-thon

For more photos, check out my 2011 Build-a-thon album, and the Habitat East Bay albums from day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4.