WXYZ is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity Detroit for the 2014 BuildUp on Saturday, Aug. 9

Volunteers needed for one-day construction project

DETROIT (WXYZ) - If you like to work with your hands or want to learn how to swing a hammer from the pros, the BuildUp might just be the summertime volunteer activity you've been looking for.

“I can pound a nail and build a wall!”

That’s what first-time BuildUp volunteer Walt Szymborski of Wyandotte said at last year’s event.

We invite you to join us for this year’s WXYZ Detroit 2020 –Habitat for Humanity BuildUp on Saturday, August 9th!

The build will run from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Morningside Commons neighborhood.

We’ll be constructing interior walls and gable walls on the house decks.

“This is our fourth year of spreading the good word about what Habitat for Humanity Detroit is doing to rebuild neighborhoods one family at a time,” said WXYZ Morning Anchor Alicia Smith.  “Our Detroit 2020 team is committed to helping unify and inspire people to act.  So we hope others will put on their work gloves and join us.”

We are grateful for our returning lead sponsor - Mans Lumber and Millwork out of Canton – which has donated the lumber for the BuildUp since we began the project in 2011.

Every year members of WXYZ’s social media family on Facebook and Twitter (#backchannel & #earlyrisers) step up to swing a hammer. People from all over metro Detroit and Canada join in as well.

This year WXYZ’s Community Action Team Partners will also be joining the build.  Thanks to St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Priority Health, IBEW/NECA & Belfor for their participation and support.

WHERE:  3637 Lakepointe Street, Detroit, MI  48224

PARKING: 3536 Maryland Street, Detroit, MI  48224 with overflow parking at

3535 Lakepointe Street

Construction experience is not required.  Tools, hard hats, gloves, and protective eye wear will be provided…along with easy-to-understand instruction from Habitat’s expert builders. Please wear closed-toed boots.  No open-toed shoes or flip flops are allowed…for your safety.

Pre-registration is required online… and space is limited.  To sign up:

1.      Go to Habitat’s scheduling site: http://volunteerup.com/Login.asp?w=i&o=30

2.      Click the "Register" option if you already have a profile or “New Volunteer” button to complete a new volunteer profile.

3.      After you are registered, go to the calendar.  Select August 9th WXYZ BuildUp. Then sign up!  

Volunteers will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon ice cream treat and BuildUp T-shirt.

Questions? Contact Crystal Bell (cbell@habitatdetroit.org ). 



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