WXYZ’s Detroit2020 team joins forces with Habitat for Humanity Detroit for our very first Buildup

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(Courtesy of WXYZ TV)

125 volunteers participate in Buildup in Detroit

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Cold, windy temperatures and a few sprinkles did not dampen the spirit at Detroit2020 ‘s first #Buildup with Habitat for Humanity Detroit Saturday morning.

The #Buildup was a group wall-building event at Habitat’s Jane Street Operations Center on Detroit’s east side.

Volunteers pounded stud walls and components inside and outside the warehouse.

Mans Lumber and Millwork in Canton donated all the lumber for the event.

“We’ve nearly built 80 homes in the Morningside Commons community. So, this is going to contribute to the 81st and 82nd home there in Morningside.”

So many people signed up, we exceeded our capacity!  Overall, 125 people took part in the buildup.

Volunteers Wayne and April Rourke had never worked on a Habitat for Humanity project.

“We do a lot of stuff like this around our house. So, to come out here and do it for somebody else I thought was a good chance to give back,” said Wayne Rourke.

Some volunteers included Habitat for Humanity regulars — referred to as “Habituals” — like Lisa Lybrook.

“I learn something new every time I come out. I meet somebody new every time I come out,” said Lybrook.

We also had a lot of people turn out from Channel 7′s twitter family — the #backchannel & the #earlyrisers .

“I actually heard about this from twitter,” said Dan Hutchinson – a.k.a. @hutches3 .

Shane Carson ( @WowShane ) – also wanted to act when he heard about the #buildup.

“My city needs it. This is a great cause helping out Habitat for Humanity,” said Carson.  “You actually get to see your work.”

Kenn Sheats ( @GardenGuyKenn ) and his Get In Gear Promotions partner Dave LaFramboise were even moved to design and donate a T-shirt for the #buildup with their printing partner The Embroidery Shoppe in Westland.

A group of students from Wayne State University also volunteered to hammer on some walls.

“I’m learning so much because this is my first time actually picking up a hammer,” said student Calaya Tucker.

Our generous sponsors helped feed the volunteers.  McDonald’s “rocketmen” kept the coffee and cookies flowing.

Joe’s Produce Gourmet Market in Livonia provided fresh fruit and bottled water.

Shields Pizza of Southfield served hot slices of pizza for lunch after the #Buildup wrapped up.

WXYZ’s Detroit2020 team had a blast building walls with everybody.

Channel 7′s Stephen Clark ( @sclarkwxyz ), Carolyn Clifford ( @ccliffordwxyz ), Vic Faust ( @victorjfaust ), and I ( @wxyzalicia ) enjoyed every minute.

And, yes, I did bend a few nails, but Stephen pulled most of them out for me.  See?  I told you it was all about the team work.

WXYZ-TV’s Vice President and General Manager Ed Fernandez also rolled up his sleeves to volunteer.

“I’m grateful for everybody who came out today to participate and help build this community and rebuild communities,” said Fernandez. “Detroit2020 is about unifying people, inspiring people to act. This is the ultimate form of action.”

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