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Cpl. Alberto Vazquez, water support technician, support company, utility platoon, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics hammers in a few nails to help build the support beams of a house, April 22.

Photo by Cpl. Shannon E. McMillan

Service members help build the dreams of many

27 Apr 2010 | Cpl. Shannon E. McMillan

More than 25 Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton volun­teered April 21 to help fulfill the dreams of families.

As an annual event, the Single Marine Program asks for participation to help support the Habitat for Humanity Project in local communities surrounding the base.

“The Marine Corps has given [me] a lot of things I never had. I see it only fit to give back,” said Sgt. Mark Ribott, a volunteer.

Service members were working on future homes for brothers and sisters of the armed forces along with working on houses for civilian families.

“It’s an amazing feeling to know you are helping someone,” said Ribott, deputy family officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group. “Your contribution will benefit them and their family.”

Service members worked with project volunteers to help build simple and affordable housing for selected families.

To be selected, homeowners went through screen­ing and had to meet certain requirements. After the requirements were met, the homeowners were obli­gated to work on their house for more than 100 hours side by side with the habitat for humanity representatives.

Building the houses was a great oppor­tunity for the Marines and sailors to have a chance to help the community while learn­ing valuable skills.

“It’s an excellent project that never gets old,” said Eddie Hadley, manager, Single Marine Program, 21 Area SMP. “It not only teaches them to get involved with the com­munity, but it keeps them out of trouble.”

For more information about the project or SMP events contact Danielle West at (760) 725-6722.


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