Thursday, February 10, 2011

Edgar Martinez Joins Habitat for Humanity of East King County for Homebuilding Trip to Puerto Rico

From February 14-18, 2011, Edgar Martinez will join Habitat for Humanity of East King County (EKC) for a homebuilding trip in his childhood home of Puerto Rico.

The Habitat for Humanity Puerto Rico affiliate will host the team of staff and volunteers from Habitat for Humanity EKC, Washington.

Although born in New York City, Edgar moved to Dorado, Puerto Rico in 1965 and attended American University of Puerto Rico before moving back to the states and being drafted to the Seattle Mariners. This is Edgar's second trip to visit Habitat for Humanity in Puerto Rico, but his first time helping to build a Habitat house. In May of 2010, he joined Tom Granger, Executive Director of Habitat EKC and Amanda Silva, Executive Director of Habitat Puerto Rico and Board Members in the groundbreaking event for their latest homebuilding project.

He will be joined by Habitat EKC staff and 8 other dedicated volunteers from the Eastside. During the trip, the group will be laying rebar for the second level of the house they will be working on, setting wood formwork and helping the electrician and plumber with rough-in work.

Trip participants will be blogging about their experience in Puerto Rico at the Habitat EKC website blog here: during the trip. Pictures, video and a quote from Edgar about his experience will be available upon the group's return.

Habitat for Humanity surpassed its 400,000 house milestone during its most recent fiscal year. Since the nonprofit was founded in 1976, its self-help, hand-up model has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide. Habitat EKC is part of this global effort.

Since 1988, Habitat EKC has built, rehabbed or repaired 107 houses. The goal of this affiliate is to make it possible for low-income Eastside residents to be able to purchase simple, decent, affordable homes. The families who will move into these homes will put in 500 hours of their own labor as a down payment towards homeownership.

Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico was founded in 1997 as the 1,348th affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. It shares 10% of its unrestricted donations with the Dominican Republic affiliate. Their first housing project of thirteen row houses is located in San Juan between the communities of Cantera and Villa Palmeras. In February 2009, they inaugurated their 14th house in the Amelia Ward of the Municipality of Guaynabo. In August 2010 they started the construction of the two new houses in Guaynabo.

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