Habitat for Humanity of Summit County continues to build with volunteers from new Amazon fulfillment center and local Innes Middle School teachers.
AKRON OHIO, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 – Four more homes are continuing to be built amid COVID-19 delays at Habitat for Humanity of Summit County’s first multi-home housing development on East Avenue. Four homes were previously completed at the beginning of 2020 and now have families inhabiting them. Building was briefly delayed due to COVID-19 shutdowns at Habitat for Humanity of Summit County but the organization now is back to work with the help of new volunteers and local partners.

Volunteers were welcomed back to the work site in August. Volunteers are a vital part of Habitat home builds, accounting for 80% of construction work. A group of Innes Middle School teachers volunteered on the build site last week to raise the walls on 2 homes. Innes Middle School is located across the street from the build site. These teachers were eager to work on improving their community and found it rewarding to raise the walls of a home that could house their future students.

Habitat is excited to welcome their new neighbors, Amazon, to the build site this month. The new Amazon fulfillment center will have staff volunteering weekly on the East Avenue build site to support their community. Habitat for Humanity looks forward to a continued relationship with their neighbors on Romig Road to support Summit County.
With the help of these new volunteers and partners at Innes Middle School and Amazon, Habitat is excited to safely work through this pandemic and continue to build hope in the community. The East Avenue project is planned to be completed with all 8 homes occupied and owned by the beginning of 2021.

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County launched a 5-year campaign, Imagine Impact, April 1, 2020 amid COVID-19. With a fall relaunch, the East Avenue development is a part of that growth. An upcoming video series of round table discussions with community leaders will highlight the multi-year campaign and the importance of affordable homeownership in Summit County.

Visit our website at hfhsummitcounty.org/imagineimpact/ to view the video series starting September 29th and learn how you can make a difference. Join us on the build site by volunteering or donate to our Imagine Impact campaign to support affordable housing in Summit County.