Wed, Jun 15, 2011
Navy Jet Team Helps Build Futures With Pensacola,
FL, Habitat For Humanity
Members of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration
squadron, joined forces with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity members
to install headers, doors and windows on houses in a Habitat
subdivision at Camshire Meadows, Pensacola, FL, June 10. According
to Rachael Cox, volunteer services manager for Pensacola Habitat
for Humanity, having the military volunteers is a big help and the
organization appreciates what the service members bring to the
The importance of that effort isn't lost on the Sailors.
"Working with Habitat for Humanity is a great experience knowing we
are building homes that people in our community really need. It
feels good to do this work. Plus, it's the right thing to do," said
squadron team member Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd
Class John Phillips. "A significant portion of the units in this
development will be built by volunteers. And with the subdivision
being so close to (NAS Pensacola), as an additional blessing, we
get a lot of military volunteers here," said Cox.
The Camshire Meadows subdivision, owned by Pensacola Habitat for
Humanity, will ultimately consist of 114 units, built in
partnership with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), a
federal housing recovery program established to help communities
suffering from foreclosures and abandoned properties. Pensacola
Habitat for Humanity is building more than 240 additional units in
the Escambia/Santa Rosa area.
"The military volunteers are often available during the work
week which helps out a lot because that's when it is most difficult
to get volunteers from the community to come out. We couldn't do
this without the military volunteers," said Cox. "Plus, it's pretty
neat to work side-by-side with the Blue Angels."
The Blue Angels 2011 show season is back in full swing, but team
members regularly volunteer in the local community when they are
not out of town at an air show.
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