NOVA Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity House

NOVA volunteers gather outside the Habitat for Humanity building for a group photo.

Students, faculty and staff from NOVA’s Annandale and Medical Education campuses and the Extended Learning Institute (ELI) spent Friday, November 11 volunteering at a local Habitat for Humanity site. The event was organized by Professor Richard Semmler, Student Life Specialist Bridget Downey, and Campus and Community Outreach Specialist Katherine Stramel.

Semmler is a house leader for several units at the Habitat site and has volunteered his time nearly every Saturday for the past 16 years. Not only does he volunteer his time helping to build the houses, he has also donated $300,000 to Habitat. On the November work day, he donated $11,111.11 to Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program – an exterior home repair service for homeowners in need.

NOVA volunteers helped paint two of the Habitat house units. Several Habitat employees and recipients of Habitat houses were on hand to help out where needed. All of the volunteer hours from the day went toward the Habitat family’s sweat equity hours, which they must complete in order to receive the house. It was a very rewarding experience for everyone involved!