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Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) commercial truck driving students volunteered their time and services to help the Habitat for Humanity HomeMart. The students, along with their instructor Robert Browder, drove from Rock Springs, Georgia to Atlanta early in the morning to pick up approximately $65,000 worth of home goods that were donated by an Atlanta company. The students delivered the items to the HomeMart location in Rome, Georgia that afternoon.

 

“I think it was a good experience for the students to be able to actually pick-up and deliver a load to a customer,” stated Robert Browder. “It allows the student to get a feel of what truck driving is like in the real world. I also feel it is important for our college and students to help people in need such as the tornado victims.”

 

Those students that volunteered include Charles Wooten, Joseph Cooper, and Jared Warren.

 

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization with the mission to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world. With nearly 2 billion people around the world living in low-income housing and over 100 million that are homeless, Habitat build’s homes that are simple, decent, and affordable for low-income families around the world.

The Rome and Floyd County Habitat for Humanity HomeMart is dependent on the donations of furniture and other home goods from businesses and individuals. The HomeMart resells the new or used items (as well as corporate donations) for 50 percent to 90 percent off retail prices. All operating profits from HomeMart sales go into Habitat’s building program, helping provide adequate housing for Rome families.

“HomeMart is supported by volunteers who work with us in many facets,” commented Louise Branham, HomeMart employee. “It is through our donations and our volunteers that we are able to support the Rome and Floyd County Habitat for Humanity.” 

To find out more about HomeMart or how you can be a volunteer like GNTC, visit www.habitatrome.org.