Sunday, April 30, 2000

Sears to donate to Habitat projects

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Sears, Roebuck and Co. officials said at a kickoff ceremony Saturday that the retailer will donate $52,000 to build a house and provide 1,000 volunteer hours toward the construction of two houses in South Cumminsville.

        The houses, 3936 and 3938 Cass Ave., will be built for the families of Sabrina Trollinger and LaTasha White. Both families, which attended the ceremony, are required to commit 500 hours of sweat equity to build their two-story houses or other Habitat projects.

        “The two families are glowing with both a sense of excitement and anxiety,” said John Cerniglia, executive director of Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has built 53 houses for families in Cincinnati.

        Construction will begin in June and take three or four months to complete. The houses, the fourth and fifth built by Habitat in South Cumminsville, are co-sponsored by Westfed, a coalition of west-side churches and businesses.

        This is first time Westfed has built two houses simultaneously, which public relations coordinator Carole Rave said “will be a challenge.”

        Westfed has built six houses since 1993. Sears employees and Westfed volunteers will work together on both of the South Cumminsville houses.


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