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Habitat for Humanity School Construction Projects—A True Win-Win Situation

Jul 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Don Magruder, CEO RoMac Building Supply posted in Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter

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In 2020, Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter worked with The Villages Charter High School Construction Management Academy and the Leesburg High School Construction Academy in the construction of two Habitat for Humanity Homes in Lake County. The home built by The Villages Charter High School Construction Management Academy students is in the Carlton Village area of Lady Lake while the home built by the Leesburg High School Construction Academy students is on North 12th Street in Leesburg. Both projects were a complete success—with the new homeowners having a home for a lifetime built by students who developed skill sets in construction for a lifetime.

The only disappointment was the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevented both high schools from following the projects all the way to the end. The students missed the opportunity to finish their Habitat homes, participate in the dedication ceremonies, and receive accolades from a grateful community for a job well done, which resulted in the enhancement of each school’s program. Students in both programs have paved the way for future students and Habitat homeowners.

The 2020-2021 school year promises to be even bigger for the Habitat for Humanity Projects in Lake and Sumter Counties, as these projects are being planned for The Villages Charter High School, Leesburg High School, and South Lake High School. These projects merge public education with private partnerships to help train students for good paying jobs and careers while providing a needed home for a working family. They teach the young people in our community the important of benevolence. Honestly, these programs work because everyone wins.

Thanks to the participation of the community, school district, and private partnerships, these programs a true success. Many people want to get involved and here is how you can participate in one of these great projects.

Each high school has an Advisory Board, which bridges the partnership between the public and private sectors. These Advisory Boards are made up of educators and businesspeople in the construction community that meet monthly to address the needs of their high school’s program and coordinate community participation. If you would like to participate on one of the Advisory Boards, contact Lynnea Weissman at the Lake County School District at 352-988-4876, or Rob Grant, the Principal at The Villages Charter High School at 352-259-3777.

You can help each of these school related projects by volunteering or donating to Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter. If you or your group would like to spend time on the jobsite helping or would like to assist with furnishing the home that would be welcomed. Plus, your monetary donations to this wonderful program helps sustain it for the future.

For those in the construction industry, your donation of time and materials are integral to the success of these programs. Without the partnership from the construction industry, students cannot gain the skills and expertise needed for a career in this field. Skilled craftspeople can mentor students on the jobsite and train them in the correct ways of working on construction projects and implementing best practices. The donation of supplies allows Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter to keep costs down and expand this program to train more students and help more families.

Very few times are there programs wherein everyone enjoys a win. The construction build programs through the local high schools and Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter will not only bridge a partnership between the public and private sectors this next year but help bring the community together. This is a true win-win situation for everyone.

Don Magruder is the CEO of RoMac Building Supply and Host to Around the House, which can be seen at AroundtheHouse.TV.

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Community Rallies for LHS Habitat Project

Aug 5, 2019 10:56:56 AM / by Don Magruder, CEO RoMac Building Supply posted in Leesburg High School Construction Academy, Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter

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The upcoming school year for the Leesburg High School Construction Academy promises to be exciting, challenging and very rewarding as the students are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter to build a home for a local family. The home will be constructed at 107 North 12th Street in Leesburg, which is just off Main Street and close to First Baptist Church of Leesburg. Although the owners of the home have not been determined by Habitat, the approval process should be completed by the group in early fall.

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