One Volunteer Project at a Time
Building a community, one volunteer project at a time In April, President Barack Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act that established Sept. 1 1 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance. The goal of this law is to inspire individuals, businesses and organizations to voluntarily engage in community RICK TOLLAKSON is president and CEO ofHubbell fijfiS Real,yCo: mm-mm mm-mm mm-mm mmmm commeraa and residential real estate firm. Contact: rick.tollakson hubbellrealty.com. service, perform perform good deeds of any nature and participate in other private and organized activities in remem- remem- brance of the acts of 911. This National Day of Service and Remembrance falls in the middle of one of the most aggressive community projects of 2009: building 9 homes for 9 families in 9 days. In September 2006, the Hubbell organization organization rallied behind the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" show and built a home for a Tama County family whose home was destroyed by fire during during the Christmas holiday. That home was built in one week by thousands of volunteers, who worked together to change the lives of the Kibe family. The three Kibe boys no longer sleep r.v u U" &Mr 1 ; ' ; MV7fcxP -J -J JOHN GAPS HITHE REGISTER Kejuan Gibson, 14, tries to get high fives Tuesday from sisters Kenya Williams, 13, left, Shiana Gibson, 16, center, andTinesha Gibson, Gibson, 17, at the 9 Homes in 9 Days project, located at the corner of 21st Street and Forest Avenue in Des Moines. They will be living there with their grandmother when it's complete. Hundreds of volunteers and builders are involved in the $1 .5 million effort.