ESCONDIDO, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors attached to Submarine Squadron (CSS) 11 participated with Habitat for Humanity to build townhouses for seven families May 2.
Sailors worked side by side with volunteers from the local community to complete the finishing touches on the townhouses under the expert eyes of the Habitat for Humanity staff.
"There are many things you can do in the military to give back to the community and this is one way that benefits Sailors and the families the houses are built for," said Lt. j.g Michael Walters, officer in charge of material control for CSS 11.
According to Walters, the Sailors of CSS 11 were eager to get out and learn something new, as well as show their support in the community.
"This gives us the opportunity to learn trades other than our job in the military, and at the same time we are able to give the community a better view of the military as a whole," said Walters.
Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates houses through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Habitat houses are then financed with affordable no-interest loans, and the monthly mortgage payments are used to build more houses.
"Volunteers really make this happen for families that are in need," said Jack Scheid, a superintendent for Habitat for Humanity. "We teach Sailors new skills in the construction field and in return they get to feel good about volunteering time and making dreams come true for different families."
Lt. Tony Miani, a CSS 11 crewmember participating in the project, expressed great pride in the work he and his crew had done.
"This is a great way to spend time with your shipmates outside of the work place and learn new skills," said Miani.
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