By Yvonne Johnson, APG NewsAugust 8, 2013
AERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Several Team APG members volunteered to hammer out a construction project with Harford Habitat for Humanity Aug. 3.
Linda Patrick of the U.S. Army Public Health Command organized the all-female group of volunteers. She said the goal for the Team APG community outreach project, was to recruit participants from local women's groups like the Federal Women's Program (FWP), Federally Employed Women (FEW) and Women In Defense (WID). She began coordinating the Team APG Women's Home Build event in April. It was postponed from June to Aug. 3 and then pushed to Aug. 31 due to recent heavy rains. Saturday's event came up at the last minute.
"When I spoke to my contact at Habitat to finalize our date and time [and learned] we were going to be postponed again, I was told that Habitat was in need of volunteers on a housing project in another area if we really wanted to work on Saturday," Patrick said.
She contacted the women listed for the original event and those who were available came out to help. They included Monique Ferrell, the wife of APG Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell; Jackie McClinton, wife of Garrison Commander Col. Gregory McClinton; and Brenda Dent, the wife of Installation Command Sgt. Maj. Kennis Dent.
Team members worked from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on a Schofield Road house in Aberdeen.
The Aug. 31 Team APG Women's Home Build event starts 7:30 a.m., also in Aberdeen. Safety Training for the event is mandatory and can be conducted online at http://www.habitatsusq.org/. Safety training must be completed prior to the event.
For more information, contact Patrick at 410-436-1023, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sheryl L. Coleman, at 410-278-5964, email@example.com