Your fellow HBA members serve and support their community

Your fellow HBA members serve and support their community

Joshua Alford and Eddie Howard work with other volunteers to build a wheel chair ramp for a veteran

With the leadership of your HBA’s Community Service Committee, chaired by Richard Bernath of Southern Traditions Window Fashions, your fellow HBA members are at work around the community helping others in need of a hand up.

On April 8, a group of members led by Eddie Howard of Howard Custom Builders, Joshua Alford of Custom Remodel and Handyman Service, and Michael Dey of the HBA of Greenville, built a wheel chair ramp for a veteran living in Central, SC.  The project, which was facilitated by Rebuild Upstate, took just a morning, but the result will improve the life of a veteran for many years.

Members have another opportunity to give a family a hand up on April 22.  Your HBA is volunteering for a day with Habitat for Humanity to build a new home at 9 Hope Bridge Way in Greenville.  Shift times are 8 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and 12 noon until 3:30 p.m.  Consider volunteering a little of your weekend to serve the community that gives so much to our industry.  Contact Michael Dey for details.

Andrew and Eddie to the rescue!

Andrew and Eddie to the rescue!

Thank you to Andrew Woodford, APR, of A.B.W. Construction and Eddie Howard, APB, of Howard Custom Builders for their volunteerism this past Saturday. Thrive Upstate, a local agency working to provide services and support for individuals with special needs and disabilities in the Upstate, has a large garden on their property with a fence, but they needed a gate to enclose the garden. Andrew and Eddie loaned their expertise to help build and install the gate for Thrive Upstate’s garden. Your Home Builders Association is proud and grateful to have such generous members.

Are you interested in helping out on a service project? Join the Community Service Committee today by contacting your Home Builders Association at (864) 254-0133.

The beginning stages of the project.

Eddie and Andrew adding the final touches.

The finished product!

Thank You!

The HBA of Greenville would like to thank the Community Service Committee for their hard work this past weekend on a recently acquired Habitat for Humanity home. The volunteer group included Eddie Howard of Howard Custom Builders, John Wolfrom of Providence Realty, Jon Statom of Palmetto Exterminators, and Amy Torlay of Hughes Supply. They painted the interior of the home, replaced the back deck, and also replaced windows along with many other smaller projects. The committee has also received gifts in kind to complete this home and get the family into the home by the end of summer. Some of those gifts in kind include a new roof furnished by Allcon Roofing, new plumbing and fixtures provided by Hughes Supply, and Crawlspace Incapsulation provided by Palmetto Exterminators. However, we are still in need of several other items!
For more information or if you would like to help please call or email Crystal Yanes at the HBA Office. 864-254-0133 or

HBA of Greenville represented at 2013 Youth Conference

This past Wednesday your HBA of Greenville was at the 2013 Youth Conference- Job/ Resource Fair inspiring and encouraging students to take a look at careers in the Home Building industry. This event was staffed by the Community Service Committee and held at McAlister Square. Hosted by SC Works Greenville & Personal Pathways to Success and featured employers from top companies in many industries. The goal of this job fair was to give at risk youth between the ages of 17-24 opportunities to speak with potential employers and find more information on a career that interests them – even apply for jobs. This type of event goes hand in hand with efforts on behalf of the HBA of Greenville and others in our area to improve workforce development. The workforce development initiative was started to get job seekers and students interested in all the many career opportunities  available with fair pay and in a stable job place where they can make a living and grow their career in a skilled trade. Many of the jobs highlighted in the workforce development initiative do not require a college degree, however some may require a trade school certificate or license.
We would like to thank Jon Statom of Palmetto Exterminators and Eddie Howard of Howard Custom Builders for taking the time out of their busy day to talk to the participants and help out with this event.

If you would like more information on the Greenville area’s workforce development initiatives or more information on how to become more involved in the HBA of Greenville’s Community Service Committee please contact Crystal Yanes at the HBA office (864-254-0311).