July 21, 2012
Students at the University of Virginia's Department of Medicine traded in stethoscopes for hammers Saturday.
The department is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a home in the Sunrise community on Carlton Avenue.
For the past few months, more than 100 volunteers with the department have been working to finish the home. They're also in the middle of a fundraising push. So far, they've raised $10,000 of their $60,000 goal.
The volunteers call it a rewarding experience, and the family is looking forward to move into its new home.
"It feels great that they can give back to the community, help other people that are in need and build houses for them," said Jean Ayite, who will soon move into the home with his family.
"It's a really rewarding experience," said Brian Gittens, the director of human resources at the Department of Medicine. "It's a lot of hard work. As you know, this summer's been hot, but we've really enjoyed it."
The volunteers have made a lot of progress on the house. They expect to put the final touches on by the end of August so the partner family can take over the home in September.
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