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Habitat wants to build on its work force
Nick Schardl works on a Habitat for Humanity house on Sardis Road Tuesday morning. The site has two Habitat homes being built next each other and the organization is seeking more volunteers.
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With two homes in various stages of completion, Habitat for Humanity of Hall County needs a few more hands on deck.

Currently, the organization is working to finish residences on Sardis Road in Gainesville.

“On any given day, we usually have around 15 people on site,” said Danny Sanderson, Hall habitat CFO.

“Most people reach out to me via e-mail if they are interested in volunteering. I try to find out what they are interested in doing and what they are good at, so we can line up where they would be the best fit to help out.”

Although the organization has a “dedicated group of volunteers” that come out every workday — from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays  — Sanderson said there’s always room for more help.

It’s not uncommon for the organization to work on multiple homes at once, but having the homes side-by-side is a fortunate happenstance.

“A donor purchased both of the lots, so that’s how they happened to be next door to each other,” Sanderson said. “We broke ground on the first home in March and we started on the second one around a month ago.”

If all goes as planned, the first home should be completed this month and construction on the second one should wrap up this fall.

The local chapter is an “incorporated affiliate” of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization’s goal is to “promote home ownership” for local residents in need of adequate housing. Habitat either builds or renovates homes for families that meet three qualifications — they are in need, are willing to partner with the organization and are able to repay an interest-free mortgage.

Counting the two that are under construction, the Hall organization has helped around 40 families.

As a nonprofit, the group relies on the support of volunteers and donations.

“We are so thankful to everyone for all that they do,” Sanderson said. “I’ve been on the board for about seven years and it has just been neat to see the whole community come together.”