Krista McNallyApr 19, 2018, 5:59 pmApr 19, 2018, 6:01 pm

CEOs build homes with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat celebrates its 30th anniversary in Suffolk County

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BAY SHORE — Habitat for Humanity Suffolk County celebrated its 30th anniversary by having CEOs from across Long Island help construct two homes on Wednesday. The companies who volunteered normally donate to the nonprofit organization, which has built more than 190 homes over the last 30 years.

"What a celebration we are having, 30 years of dreams coming true," CEO of Habitat for Humanity Suffolk Diana Burke said.

The individuals who will live in the homes once completed were there for the first day of the build and were very grateful. One of the recipients of a house, Chavon Sanders, started out volunteering for Habitat and will now have an affordable home of her own in the town where she grew up.

"I am appreciative that they have come to do it because they could be in their offices doing real work; instead they helped a good cause and that’s always a good thing," Sanders said.

The CEOs say there is something special about actually being able to help construct homes in person, rather than just giving a donation to the organization.

"I thought it was an opportune time to get out and pitch in and actually do the work. Rather than just making a donation in kind, it’s where the rubber hits the road, swing the hammer, bang some nails, and build a house," President of Mr. John company Gary Weiner said.

The CEOs say they also learned a lot about construction during the event.

"I think it is cool they are getting insight into how a house is built and how it is going to look like inside," President and CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union Wayne Grosse said.

Some of the CEOs in attendance volunteer with the organization regularly.

"I love doing this; this is my third build with Habitat for Humanity, and we love giving back to the community," Vice President and Market Manager of Peoples United Band Nick Felix said.

Habitat encourages those who are interested in volunteering or seeing if they qualify for a home to visit habitatsuffolk.org.

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