Local businesses, church work with Habitat for Humanity as ‘Covenant Partners’

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Almost every day there is work being done on a Habitat for Humanity house in our community. With most of the work done by volunteers, who is really out there swinging the hammers and funding the project?

Covenant Partners are the people working both at the scene of a build and “behind the scenes.” These local businesses, churches and organizations typically donate half the money for a build and often almost all the labor.

Clayton Bank and Cellular Sales are the partners for one Habitat for Humanity build off Asheville Highway.

“To know what we are doing, building this house, will really change their life and it’s a fresh beginning for them, it’s really exciting,” said Michael LeMarbre with Clayton.

Clayton Bank and Cellular Sales are the partners for one Habitat for Humanity build off Asheville Highway.
Clayton Bank and Cellular Sales are the partners for one Habitat for Humanity build off Asheville Highway.

This was LeMarbre’s first Habitat build.

“I am an accountant by trade,” he said. “I was still able to contribute. There are jobs for everyone, even if you are not comfortable swinging a hammer.”

Pam Kimball with Cellular Sales agreed, urging others to get involved.

“Even if you don’t have the experience, you can find something to do to contribute. Whether it’s the food or coordination, it can be so rewarding,” she said.

A member of the Habitat construction crew is always on site to help. Another rewarding aspect is that the homeowners are often there too. In the end, each person who helps out in any way, is helping Habitat build a better future and achieve its mission.

“They are changing lives of families each and every day, so it’s just very rewarding to see how many people are volunteering for this. And the organization itself is providing opportunities other families may not have otherwise,” said Kimball.

WATE 6 on Your Side is honored to be partnering with Rocky Top Heat and Air, Toyota Knoxville and Lexus Knoxville as the Covenant Partners for Habitat’s 500th home. Construction gets underway this fall for the Lanxter family.

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