The walls to Lavitta Moore’s brand new home in Milwaukee’s Washington Park neighborhood had only just gone up, but she already had plans in mind for after the house was finished.
“My first plan is to get a new kitchen table,” Moore said on the construction site of her house on the 2100 block of North 31st Street. “I haven’t had a chance to buy a new kitchen table, but I’m going to get one and then make a big meal for my family.”
Throughout a week in September, Moore, joined by dozens of volunteers from Komatsu Mining Corp., worked to build her very first non-rental home. For Komatsu, the recent building blitz was a continuation of an ongoing partnership to build nearly 20 houses with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity in the Washington Park neighborhood.
Komatsu, formerly Joy Global Inc., has raised more than $1.3 million for Habitat since 2011, a result of employee giving, company match and proceeds from its golf outing. And the company has donated more than 7,300 volunteer hours to Habitat in that same time.
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