Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Like other Habitat for Humanity House recipients, Florence Coles (left) is taking an active role building her new home.

The lawn in front of CVCC’s Learning Commons was transformed into a construction site earlier this month as more than 100 students, faculty and staff converged for the day to frame-in a Habitat for Humanity house.

“The best efforts are collective efforts,” said CVCC President John Capps. “That’s what we have witnessed again and again throughout the college, and that’s what we saw on Saturday as people gave of themselves and worked together to construct a house for Florence and her family.”

Lynchburg resident Florence Coles has been on a Habitat for Humanity waiting list for six years, and was visibly moved when the crowd showed up to volunteer to work on her new home.
“I’m just overwhelmed,” Coles told WSLS TV. “People that didn’t even know me are like my family now. After waiting all this time, this feels pretty special.”

The Classified Staff Association at CVCC led the project. Mary Canfield, president of the group said, “This was something that touched everybody’s heart…the staff, faculty, and students all came together on this. It was an amazing and uplifting experience for all involved.”

The framed in structure was scheduled to remain on campus for about a week before being transported and put into storage. In the spring, the framework will be moved to its permanent location in Lynchburg and finished. Mrs. Coles and her children hope to move in next September.

Taking stock of her home-to-be, Coles told the assembled volunteers, “You’ll all be welcome!”

Additional photos are available at CVCC’s Facebook page.

Questions about how CVCC organized this event can be directed to Mary Canfield,'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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