Celebrating 25+ years building with Habitat for Humanity
The Knoxville Bar Association needs your help to make the 2020 KBA Habitat Home a reality for a Knoxville family. Since 1994, the members of the KBA have been responsible for building eight Habitat homes in the Knoxville area. It has become part of the KBA tradition and is an accomplishment which all of us can be proud.
Before our volunteers can begin swinging hammers, there is one other critical component that the KBA must put in place. As a covenant partner with Habitat, the KBA has committed to raise $20,000, which is one-half of the cost of the materials to build this home. The KBA’s financial commitment is not a hand-out, but a hand-up to a hard working family. The family who will ultimately live in the home we build must put in 500 hours of sweat equity building other people’s homes before they are even eligible for their own Habitat home. Additionally, the family will take on a 20-year mortgage in order to cover the other half of the cost of construction.
We are mindful that you receive requests for charitable contributions over the course of the year from many worthwhile charitable endeavors. We do not suggest that the KBA Habitat project is any more worthwhile than many other charitable projects in our community. However, we do believe that this particular endeavor is somewhat unique because it is a community-based, hands-on project for which we as members of the KBA, are responsible.
This project also offers the members of our bar association a unique opportunity. As lawyers, it is rare that we have the chance to work with each other outside of the courtroom or get to know one another on some basis other than a dispute between our clients. The KBA’s involvement with Habitat over the years has provided its members with a real opportunity to build relationships, not only among lawyers in the Bar, but also among lawyers within our firms.
Our efforts over the past 25 years have provided homes for 8 families and we are so pleased to be partnering with First Presbyterian Church on house #9. We will be splitting the construction duties with their volunteers and more information about participating in the build will be available after January 1st.
Steering Committee for the 2020 KBA Habitat for Humanity Build
Hon. Greg S. McMillan, Knox County Circuit Court, Division IV
Norman G. Templeton, Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, P.C.