Crane, Ind. -- Members of the Blacks In Government, Crane Chapter, volunteered for a Monroe Country Habitat for Humanity Big Build project March 17 in Bloomington, Ind.
Ten volunteers, who work at Naval Support Activity Crane for either the Army or Navy, gave up their time on a Saturday in order to help local Bloomington families receive a house through the Habitat for Humanity program.
"The Habitat for Humanity Big Build was brought on as an opportunity for the organization to do more volunteer work within the Bloomington community," BIG Crane Chapter Vice President and Naval Surface Warfare Center employee April White said. "Once the Chapter agreed upon wanting to pursue this opportunity, I went forth with planning this event with the Habitat point of contact in Monroe County."
The Crane Chapter organization consists of employed or retired members from Federal, state, local, and county government agencies in Bloomington and the surrounding Southern Indiana counties. BIG nationally consists of federal employees from all Federal government agencies.
White explained that the project fit well for the Crane Chapter's efforts to give back to the local area. She said, "I think that it is very important for all organizations to give back to the communities because I think that we have a responsibility to give back to the communities in which we reside."
Volunteers worked on a house for the Cielo-Cuatle family who live and work in the area. Next to that house was another under construction for the Tenorio and Aca-Jimenez family, which is nearly complete.
One of the volunteers, Crane Army Ammunition Activity Commander Col. Linwood Clark, explained what the event meant for the Crane Chapter members. He said, "This was a great event for members of the BIG Crane Chapter and an opportunity to volunteer an eight-hour day working with your hands, learning to build a house and helping the families realize their dream of home ownership."
White said that the Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County was excellent in explaining what was needed to be done and helping the volunteers. She said, "There were experienced Habitat employees and volunteers also helping on the site and they were able to give any guidance as well as any instructions that were needed."
Established Oct. 1977, CAAA maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure in order to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components. The Army activity is a subordinate of the Joint Munitions Command and is located on Naval Support Activity Crane.