Sailors Aid Habitat for Humanity During Indianapolis Navy Week

Story Number: NNS110824-24Release Date: 8/24/2011 5:41:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/EXW) Joshua B. Bruns, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

INDIANAPOLIS (NNS) -- Sailors from around the fleet worked alongside Habitat for Humanity volunteers to construct a house Aug. 17 as part of Indianapolis Navy Week.

"It's great being able to contribute in providing a home for someone less fortunate," said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (AW) Andrea Jefferson, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). "We have so many scheduled events around Indianapolis this week, I'm glad we had time to give back to this community."

Participating Sailors came from a wide variety of Navy commands including Roosevelt, USS Shoup (DDG 86), Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 26, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Indianapolis and local recruiting district personnel.

"Without the volunteers, we couldn't do this," said Keith Moore, Habitat for Humanity team leader. "The work effort from the Sailors has been fantastic. They've been such a great group."

The group of volunteers installed siding, constructed the porch's ceiling, painted the interior and completed many other tasks in an effort to construct a house that will be delivered to a local resident whom Habitat for Humanity has carefully chosen. The future home owner is then given financial and homeowner training.

"We're helping to give someone a chance at owning a home -- that's huge," said Information Systems Technician Seaman Tyler Swinford, NOSC Indianapolis. "This also shows everyone here we're hoping to help the community in any way we can, not just when it comes to war and protecting the country."

Local Habitat for Humanity volunteers and Navy for Moms ( volunteers, who provided food and refreshments, had many questions for the Sailors during breaks, taking time to learn about how involved the Navy is in community projects around the world.

"It's been really great working with Habitat for Humanity and all the other volunteers," said Construction Mechanic Constructionman Apprentice Dakota Duncan, NMCB 26. "I feel like they have a much better understanding of what and who the Navy is."

Navy Weeks are intended to showcase the investment Americans have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.

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