AvL Technologies sponsors Habitat for Humanity home, employees raise the walls

Today, Sept. 21, AvL Technologies employees marched from their plant to a nearby Habitat for Humanity jobsite, escorted by the Woodfin Police Department. Mayor Jerry Vehaun spoke at the ceremony, then employees, future homeowners the Pedun family (see below), Habitat staff and volunteers raised the first walls of the home. (Photos courtesy of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity)

Press release

from Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
In a grand gesture of their commitment to the Town of Woodfin and support of affordable homeownership, the entire workforce of AvL Technologies will march from their plant on 15 North Merrimon Avenue to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity construction site on Friday, Sept. 21, arriving at noon. The group, marching for almost a mile, will be joined by the Feduns (the homeowners-to-be) and escorted by the Woodfin police department. They will attend a brief ceremony at the site, and, together with the future homeowner family and Habitat staff and volunteers, they will raise the first wall of the new home their company is sponsoring.

The home is the second of four Asheville Area Habitat houses to be built in Woodfin between Elkwood Avenue and Pelzer Street on land donated by Jack Roberson. As the House Sponsor, AvL Technologies will provide the necessary funds and volunteers to build the house. AvL Technologies’ employees will rotate days to volunteer on the project. Woodfin police officers have already volunteered on the first house and intend to volunteer on the other three, including this one.

“The Town of Woodfin has welcomed Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity with open arms. We are overwhelmed by the support from everyone connected to this project-from the sponsoring organizations and their employees, to the Mayor of Woodfin and the Woodfin police and fire departments, to the encouraging neighbors—everyone has shown us how happy they are that Habitat is building in their town. It really is a wonderful feeling,” said Betsy Warren, Habitat Sponsorship Coordinator.

The home will be a two bedroom, 1 ½ bath Green Built North Carolina certified arts-and-crafts style home. It will take six months to build with help from volunteers.

About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Since 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has welcomed 238 Buncombe County families to safe, decent and affordable houses. Habitat homes, which are Green Built North Carolina certified, are sold at no-profit to partner families who pay back a no-interest loan. Asheville Habitat also offers a home repair program for low to moderate income homeowners. Visit ashevillehabitat.org for more information.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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