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The Bloomington-Normal Area Home Builders Association in Illinois built a new home for the Red Pandas at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington.
The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, recently honored three home builders associations for initiating a variety of projects last year that provided support and assistance to their communities.
The HBAs were honored with the 2010 Association Excellence Awards for the Best Community Service Project for projects that included helping to build a safe house for senior citizens in Sacramento, Calif.; building new exhibit space for the Red Pandas at the Bloomington, Ill., zoo; and building wheelchair ramps for low-income home owners with disabilities as well as working with community groups in the Bellevue, Wash., area on projects to provide shelter, protect the environment and promote educational opportunities in the housing industry.
The service awards are a formal recognition of the community service performed by building industry professionals in their communities across the country and part of Home Builders Care, initiated by Robert Mitchell, 2000 NAHB president.
"I recognized some time ago that our builders and associates have close personal relationships with the leaders in their communities and are often called upon to address the needs and problems of their neighbors,” said Mitchell. “Our continuing Home Builders Care initiative recognizes these efforts and, hopefully, shines a light on the contributions our members are making every day in the neighborhoods in which they live and work. My congratulations and appreciation go out to all of this year's entrants and award winners."
In addition to the award, each of the associations honored received a $1,650 donation to be directed to the charity of their choice in recognition of their service.
The 2010 awardees include:
Bloomington-Normal Area Home Builders Association
Several members and the HBA joined forces to work on two area projects. The J.J. Swartz Company spearheaded building a new home for Red Pandas at the Miller Park Zoo. In addition, Lansing Construction headed the building of a shelter at Miller Park. Isaacson Concrete & Excavating and LS Building Products donated materials for its construction.
The North State Building Industry Association in California worked with several community groups to complete the Sacramento Senior Safe House, an emergency shelter for abused and neglected senior citizens.
North State Building Industry Association
Working with HomeAid Sacramento, Mercy Housing and the Volunteers of America, Lennar Homes and the HBA finished construction of the Sacramento Senior Safe House, which offers a comfortable, safe and caring haven designed specifically for abused and neglected seniors who find themselves in need of emergency shelter as they prepare to transition to more appropriate living situations.
Members of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomis Counties in Bellevue, Wash., built free access ramps for disabled home owners as well as worked on numerous other community service projects as part of the MBA's year-long “Celebrating Our Centennial — 100 for 100 Community Service Projects” outreach effort.
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties
In addition to the MBA's longstanding community projects — including building free access ramps for disabled home owners, building and maintaining shelters for homeless individuals and families and educating youth about careers in construction — the association reached out to local community groups and nonprofit organizations as part of the its year-long “Celebrating Our Centennial — 100 for 100 Community Service Projects” event to partner in community service projects that provide shelter, protect the environment and promote educational opportunities in the housing industry.
For more information, visit www.nationalhousingendowment.org.