USA: Newport News Shipbuilding Builds Homes for Families in the Community
Huntington Ingalls Industries, its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division, turned over keys to the 10th Habitat for Humanity home the shipyard has constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. Since 2002, NNS has partnered with the organization to build homes for families in the community.
The keys were presented to the Polynice family May 8 during a dedication event held at the home on 29th Street in Newport News. NNS President Matt Mulherin and other shipyard leadership joined Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors President Alexis Swann and other city and business leaders to welcome the Polynice family to their new home.
“Newport News Shipbuilding has been doing this in partnership with Habitat and the United Steel Workers for some time now, and it’s a great endeavor where we give back to the community,” Mulherin said. “While we build aircraft carriers and submarines, this is an important piece of what we build as well, and we wish you all the best.”
Volunteers from across the shipyard donated their Saturday mornings and early afternoons to construct the ranch-style house. At about 1,300 square feet, the house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Hampton native Mya Polynice said her children, 4-year-old Jaden and 20-month-old Jacoby, are especially excited about their bedrooms, which are already decorated in Spider Man and Thomas the Tank Engine themes. “This has been a true blessing for my family,” she said. “My boys are excited to get in here and break this house in.”
Habitat for Humanity partners with area families, local government, businesses, faith groups, schools, associations and individual volunteers and donors to build safe, decent affordable homes and also to repair homes for lower-income families.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing nearly 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding.
Source: huntingtoningalls, May 14, 2012