Students help add to Habitat’s Greenwood Community

Stephanie Sansoucy

The Appalachian State University Habitat club and other student volunteers worked on the third home in Boone’s Greenwood Community, a development of homes built by Habitat for Humanity, on Saturday.

The two-story, three-bedroom home is being built on Habitat’s 20-acre piece of land behind Green Valley Elementary School in Boone.

Habitat’s Greenwood community was first started in April of 2010 and has plans of building a total of 18 to 20 houses. The community consists of only Habitat-built homes.

The workday brought 12 student volunteers under the direction of part-time Habitat employee Jim Rogers, who is also the owner of Appalachian Custom Builders.

Rogers said working with volunteers was fun.

“I enjoy this,” Rogers said. “It’s a good opportunity to teach.”

Rogers said the 20-acre land that makes up the Greenwood community is unique in that the land was both affordable and buildable.

Rogers said that volunteers were not only made up of the ASU Habitat club, but also an
Appalachian graduate group and a service learning group, among others.

Hayden Kelley, president of the ASU Habitat club, said there were about 10 club members at the worksite Saturday.

Kelley said that the club, which was started in 2005, has helped build all three of the habitat homes in the Greenwood Community.

Freshman engineering major Nykesha Fyffe said her service-based freshman seminar course brought her to the workday.

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Fyffe contributed to the house by spending part of the day carrying siding to volunteers on ladders.
Rogers said that the day’s goal was to finish the outside of the house by completing the siding and exterior painting.
“We started this house at the end of April and we’re hoping to be done by the end of November,” he said.
The house is the first two-story house in the Greenwood Community. Rogers said this was the case because the lot was flat, which is unique for the area.
“It takes us roughly nine months to build a house,” he said. “We really don’t have a typical [house design] for this subdivision yet. Each one has been designed for the family.”