Habitat for Humanity ‘Blitz Build’ this Weekend

STRUTHERS, Ohio – With the help of the Habitat Road Trip Crazies, Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley will build a house for the DiPaola family of Struthers this weekend as part of a Blitz Build project.

The Road Trip Crazies are a group of about 100 volunteers from East Coast states who join together a few times a year to build a house over a weekend. Tom Gerdy, a general contractor from Lynchburg, Va., founded the group in 1998.

Local hospitality volunteers to distribute water, direct traffic and help with supplies are being welcomed to the project, said Habitat for Humanity resource development director Kristina Nicholas.

“No experience is necessary,” she said. “And in true Youngstown tradition, there will be a cookie table at the construction site.”

Cookies can be delivered Friday to the Habitat for Humanity office at 480 Youngstown-Poland Road.

The construction will be streamed online at the Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley Facebook page and a time-lapse video will be produced after work is complete.

Sponsors of this Blitz Build project are: Simco Management, Christ Lutheran Church Struthers, Lowe’s, Handel’s, Pizza Joe’s Boardman, Youngstown Computer, Panera Bread/Covelli Enterprises, Rita’s Italian Ice, and Sam’s Club. With a special thank you going to: Struthers High School Choir, Jim DeCapua, Wanger Electric, Thacker Plumbing & Heating, and WW Heating & Air Conditioning.

WATCH time-lapse video of Habitat Road Trip Crazies at work elsewhere.


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