148th Fighter Wing Helps Habitat for Humanity
Posted at: 08/04/2012 6:13 PM
By: Allie Delury
Minnesota volunteers headed over the bridge to Superior, in order to bridge the gap between airmen and civilians.
On Saturday, members from the 148th Fighter Wing teamed up with Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity: a service group aimed at offering low-cost homes for families in need.
"Habitat had kind of gone dark for a little while here in Superior," said Executive Director, Daryl Yankee, "so the community is really excited to have Habitat back."
Their focus for the day was to put re-roof a house, which was donated to Habitat for Humanity by Super One Foods.
"It's the first time I've been up on a roof peeling off shingles and stuff," said volunteer Julie Peterson.
Among the volunteers were members from the 148th Fighter Wing, who were invited by Ryan Ostrofsky. He's been with the 148th for twelve years, and is also a contractor for this project.
"It's really impressive seeing that many volunteers pull together for one project and getting something done," said Ostrofsky.
This month, a large portion of the 148th will be deploying to Afghanistan, but on this day, their focus was on serving close to home.
"I'm sure there are people who want to be home with their families," said Public Affairs Officer Jodi Kiminski, "but they're taking their time and they're using their talents."
Together, they will give someone more than just a roof over their head, but a place to call home.
"At the end of the day you look up and say 'wow...we put that roof on,' or 'we put up those walls' or 'we laid that floor.' I mean, it just feels really good to do that," said Peterson.