Join Habitat in the highlands Friday to launch buildathon

September 16, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Help local Habitat for Humanity affiliates kick off a King County buildathon Friday morning in the Issaquah Highlands.

The weeklong buildathon opens at 10:30 a.m. Friday at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in the highlands.

Tom Granger, Habitat for Humanity of East King County executive director, and Diane Gallegos, chief operating officer at the Habitat affiliate in Seattle and South King County, will join about 50 volunteers and Habitat homeowners at the launch.

Issaquah Habitat homeowner Lola Reyes will speak about her experience.

Participants can take a shuttle from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, 1755 Highlands Drive Northeast, to the Habitat site. The shuttle is scheduled to depart every 10 minutes from 9:45-10:25 a.m. Find a map of the shuttle site here.

Learn more about the buildathon here.

The buildathon is set up like a walkathon. Volunteers sign up to work on Habitat construction sites throughout King County and ask friends and neighbors to sponsor each shift with a financial donation.

Participants can volunteer at any Habitat building site, including the highlands, Federal Way, Pacific and Seattle, or at the Habitat offices in Redmond and Tukwila.

Directors of the local Habitat affiliates said the buildathon is a way to forge relationships needed to change the face of housing in King County.

The goal is to raise money to help Habitat build more homes for families earning 60 percent or less of the median income for King County — or less than $50,580 a year for a family of four.

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