A person never stands taller than when they stoop to help someone in need...

The Clay County Habitat for Humanity is an organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and assisting those in need. Using funds generated from donated items sold in their "Restore", the CCHH is able to renovate houses and at times, build new homes.

"Since 1977 we have built houses in neighborhoods throughout Clay County. Shelter is a basic human need, and Habitat strives to achieve its goal of eliminating poverty housing and making decent, affordable homes a reality for all families."

Working through a neighborhood, CCHH strives to revitalize a community, thus increasing property value for all homes in the area. Using both skilled and unskilled workers, the construction force is comprised almost entirely of volunteers. On January 11, 2012, one such group of volunteers rolled up their sleeves, picked up a hammer and went to work.

VP-62, stationed at NAS Jacksonville sent a group of seasoned professionals. They're expertise, however, lay in the field of Anti-submarine warfare and not so much in framing, hanging drywall or replacing floors. Still, they shined. It took each member little to no time to survey the mission, inventory supplies and assets, and then become masters in the business of renovating a house. To excel is Standard Operating Procedures for the United States Navy and more importantly, they were all volunteers.

Equally impressive are the regular volunteers with the Clay County Habitat for the Humanities and Restore facilities. Many of the dwellings they refurbish are in serious need of renovation. The Construction Superintendent Marvin Taylor possess the skills and determination to follow each project through to it's completion.

Regardless of the diversity of the volunteers brought together on any particular day, or any particular project, the job runs smoothly, quality work is produced and those in need are provided an attractive, comfortable house they can call "home."

The combine efforts of both the Restore and the construction crew ensure the continued success of the Clay County Habitat for Humanity. They will continue to improve the quality of life for a great number of people. They will continue to make a difference.

Special thanks to the VP-62 Broad Arrows. Your efforts reflect the highest standards of military tradition, community involvement and professional pride. Well done.


Those wishing to volunteer or donate gently used household items to the Restore can visit their website by clicking on the link below.


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