More than 150 volunteers help Habitat for Humanity on super service Saturday

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 9:00pm

More than 150 volunteers from BASF Chemical Company and Habitat for Humanity teamed up to help work on 11 homes in the Gardere area Saturday. It was a way to bring the community service mission of the superbowl to Baton Rouge.

"It's very exciting to see all the volunteers out here on a Saturday," Dianne Clark, future Habitat home owner, explained. "They could be doing a lot of other things but they are here volunteering their time to help put up this home. "

Dianne Clark began building her brand new home Saturday.

"The sweat equity is 255 hours so you really have to be dedicated, but it's worth the reward end," Clark said. "You just have to be dedicated stay focused."

She had lots of extra help with her home.

"When you get to watch them take the hammer and put the first nail in and realize in a short period of time this person is actually going to move into a house that you built for them for their families it's an incredible feeling," Tom Yura, senior vice president of BASF, described.

Dozens of volunteers from Basf chemical company lugged lumber and hammered to help future habitat for humanity home owners get closer to moving in. It's all part of the superbowl host committee's super saturday of service event.

Yura's company is a member of the host committee and wanted to take a different approach to the traditional day of service: "We took this as an unique opportunity to bring a bit of the superbowl and the enthusiasm of the Saturday day of service to Baton Rouge."

Working on so many Habitat homes at once was a daunting task.

"The hardest task to me is building the frame of the home," Clark explained. "When you have to put the windows and the doors together, but everything else is pretty cool. "

"Working out at an industrial facility people aren't a stranger to doing this kind of work," Yura boast. "What you are finding is that you can only have one person leading, and everyone else has to pitch in."


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