Law enforcement officers help build framework for homes at Habitat for Humanity

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green public servants spent most of their morning helping a non-profit prepare homes for people in need.

Wednesday was the first day Habitat for Humanity had a group in person and onsite after COVID-19 to help build framework for a townhome currently under construction. Bowling Green Police Department officers helped with the build.

Bowling Green Police Deputy Chief Brian Harrell pitched the idea to other officers in hopes of helping the non-profit provide housing for people in the area who need a place to live.

“There are a lot of ways to serve your community. I enjoy this one because I enjoy working with my hands along with the officers who are working here today driving nails. It’s a way to make a difference that is gratifying, and you can see the results as these walls come together knowing that they are going to be put on a foundation that will last a long time,” said Harrell.

It’ a foundation of more than just a home, but a community willing to go above and beyond for one another.

“Homes are the key to what we value. So, these things matter, and we value the safety of our community and this is just another way to give back,” said Harrell.

Rodney Goodman, the executive director for Habitat for Humanity said the need for volunteers is always high at the non-profit.

“We don’t do things for people, we do things with people and so this is, to have them out here giving of their time is huge. We use about 1,500 volunteers a year for about 6,000 hours of volunteer and it’s huge. We can’t do it, especially with the rising cost of lumber and building supplies. This is extremely helpful to us to have volunteers onsite,” said Goodman.

The townhome will be built on Regis O’Connor Boulevard and when completed will house three families.

Habitat for Humanity is also currently hosting a fundraiser for a bourbon raffle on their website.

The money raised will go to support Habitat for Humanity.