Habitat, IU Health partner for group’s first panel build

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IU Health North and Saxony Hospitals teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County Friday to complete the panel builds for three new homes.

More than 100 volunteers came out for IU Health's annual Day of Community Service.

More than 100 volunteers from IU Health North Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and the Carmel Fire Dept. pitched in to work on the homes, one of which will go to a Noblesville resident, and the other to a victim of the Henryville, Ind., tornado. Panels built at the IU Health Saxony Hospital will be put into a new home in Cicero.

“Events like this are extraordinarily important,” said Rhett Cecil, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County. “At Habitat we say we want to be community builders, and we can’t do that without help from volunteers like these.”

Rhett Cecil, left, with Angela Thompson

Volunteers worked on the project from 6:30 a.m. to noon in the hospitals’ parking lots. The event was part of the healthcare provider’s annual Day of Community Service. Previous years have seen IU Health volunteers build a walking trail at Sheridan Elementary and volunteer at Cool Creek Park.

“Our associates are great about volunteering their time,” said Angela Thompson, vice president of HR and support services for IU Health North Hospital. “And this is a great morale-building, team-building day for us.”

The panel build was a first for Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County, though Cecil said he hopes more will come. Another first for the nonprofit was in the making last week as well, as the organization built the first duplex that Habitat has built in the state near the intersection of 104th Street and College Avenue in Carmel.

“This is just exciting to see this, and to have a group like IU Health helping out,” Cecil said.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County, visit www.habitathamiltoncounty.org.

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