For the fifth year in a row, employees from The Weitz Company volunteered to help students at the Weitz Construction Academy – a vocational arts program at Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee, Fla. – complete their annual mission to build a home and donate it to Habitat for Humanity.
Each year, the students build an entire three-bedroom, two-bath home in sections at their workshop. When complete, the prefabricated house sections are moved via flatbed truck from the school to a home site prepared by Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. Weitz personnel volunteer to load the trucks at the school and unload them at the home site, carefully guiding each section into place and securing them together to form a complete, water-tight dwelling.
This year’s move took place February 2-3. A deserving family selected by Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County will occupy the home in Belle Glade, Fla.
“It was another damage-free, injury-free operation,” said Weitz Project Manager Doug Strathie, who takes responsibility each year for lining up the trucking companies and coordinating Weitz volunteers.
In addition to orchestrating the annual house move, The Weitz Company’s office in West Palm Beach, Fla., has supplied volunteer mentors and donated supplies to the Seminole Ridge High School construction program for several years. The program was named the Weitz Construction Academy in early 2015 after Weitz made a commitment of financial support to the school.