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Volunteers wanted for Habitat for Humanity project in Bellingham

Volunteers help Habitat for Humanity build a three-bedroom home for a family in need March 26, 2011, on Trigg Woods Lane in Ferndale. Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 7, 2016 to start the build of a center where Habitat plans 24 townhouses.
Volunteers help Habitat for Humanity build a three-bedroom home for a family in need March 26, 2011, on Trigg Woods Lane in Ferndale. Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 7, 2016 to start the build of a center where Habitat plans 24 townhouses. The Bellingham Herald

Volunteers are wanted for a Saturday, May 7, build of a center on Telegraph Road that will be the operations base for a Habitat for Humanity project to build homes for at least 24 low-income families.

Called Telegraph Townhomes, the effort will be the most ambitious for Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County. While the volunteer center build starts Saturday with the framing, and help from Lowe’s employees, construction of the first townhouse won’t begin until spring 2017, with the full project occurring over five years

“This is huge. This is phenomenal. We’ve never attempted anything like this,” said Holly Harkener, publicist for Habit for Humanity in Whatcom County.

In addition to building 24 townhouses, the project will include a community garden.

Habitat is working with Kulshan Community Land Trust on the affordable housing project.

The Saturday build is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lunch provided, at 1050 Telegraph Road, between Home Depot and James Street, across from the Tree Farm. Parking is available at Unity Church in the west lot, which is closest to the farm.

It is part of Habitat’s national Women Build Week, and “Home for the Holidays,” a nationwide effort by Lowe’s and Habitat, to help 1,000 families build or repair their homes by December.

To volunteer, call 360-715-9170 or email volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org.

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

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