Sheriff’s office volunteers help one of their own

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Sheriff Calvin Woodard and several employees from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office had a special volunteer day helping co-worker Julie Hernandez build her new home with Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteers helped install exterior siding and prime drywall and also contributed hours toward the 200 hours of volunteer hours, or “sweat equity,” required of all future Habitat homeowners.

Hernandez is an administrative clerk at the sheriff’s office and is also pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Wilson Community College. She is a single mother with two teenage daughters, and this home represents a dream come true for her, said Elisabeth Farnsworth, Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity’s new executive director.

When asked how it made her feel to have her friends and co-workers help her build her house, Julie said that she felt safe and privileged to have everyone help.

This is the first home project for Farnsworth, who was recently hired.

“You couldn’t ask for a more deserving person to receive our next home,” she said of Hernandez. “Julie is a wonderful mother, and she has worked hard to qualify for homeownership. I have enjoyed working with her, her family, friends, co-workers and all of the many volunteers who have given their time.”

In addition to Sheriff Calvin Woodard and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office volunteering, groups from BB&T, Fresinius Kabi, Americorps Volunteers in Service to America members, Wilson Community College, Barton College and Arco Restoration have helped out as well.

Twenty-four local companies have contributed money, materials and labor to Wilson Area Habitat to help build the house.

This has been a community-wide effort to help this family, Farnsworth said, and Habitat officials appreciate everyone who has contributed to this effort.

To learn more about Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity, visit www.wilsonhabitat.org, email director@wilsonhabitat.org, visit the Wilson Area ReStore located at 626 Ward Blvd, or call 252-291-0816.