Trident United Way’s AmeriCorps team helps build a house for Dorchester County Habitat for Humanity in Summerville

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – Trident United Way’s AmeriCorps members got some great exercise today by helping build a home as part of a Dorchester County Habitat for Humanity project in Summerville.

Around 10 Trident United Way AmeriCorps members teamed up to help make homeownership a reality for Summerville resident Maricela Avonce and her two children. AmeriCorps does many special projects like this across the Tri-County, along with working as Family Navigators at Trident United Way’s Resource Connection Centers located in Summerville and Moncks Corner.

Dorchester Habitat for Humanity has welcomed volunteers to help create dreams for people since 1993, building a total of 73 homes.

This activity is a great partnership between Trident United Way and Dorchester Habitat for Humanity.


SOUNDBITE #1 Marciela Aconce / Soon to be homeowner “I never thought in a million years that I would have this opportunity, so its an overwhelming but amazing, amazing, amazing feeling.”

SOUNDBITE #2 Jaye Elliott / Dorchester Habitat for Humanity Director “It’s an inspiration, it’s a blessing, especially during COVID we haven’t had that many volunteers, so to have a group of volunteers on site, it’s such a blessing.”

The house is expected to be complete in early 2021.

Cool stats for Dorchester Habitat for Humanity home projects:

  • The average Dorchester Habitat for Humanity home takes 2,000 volunteer hours and 26 gallons of paint.
  • 425 hours of sweat equity each future Habitat homeowner works building their home or volunteering in the ReStore
  • 350 pounds – nails that hold walls together in each home



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