Habitat project builds home for veteran in Clinton Township

AT&T employees help build house for veteran

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A special project aimed at helping veterans is kicking off this week in Clinton Township.

Local AT&T workers are out of the office volunteering to build a Habitat for Humanity home for a local veteran. The weather is cooling off, but that won't stop the workers.

"We have ponchos," Lori Doughty said. "We'll go through anything, no problem."

More than 50 AT&T employees spent Wednesday digging, sawing, painting and doing whatever it took to help Habitat for Humanity of Macomb County get the house up and running.

"Whatever they want me to do, I'll do it," Kevin Shankie said. "Paint, I'll put up some boards. That's what I'm here for."

The workers were there to provide manual labor, but they were also making a difference for a low-income veteran who will get to live in the house that they spent the day fixing up.

"I would say within one week we will have a veteran associated with this project," said Helen Hicks, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Macomb County.

AT&T not only donated its employees' time, it also donated more than $12,000 to the charity to pay for the costs of making the veteran's home a reality.

Habitat for Humanity needs more companies to chip in and help with projects. If your company is interested, visit the charity's website here.

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