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Woodford Habitat for Humanity shifts mission from houses to desks for students

Posted at 8:35 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 08:39:24-05

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — While the pandemic forced Woodford Habitat for Humanity to pause home builds, volunteers were still itching to do something. So, they started building desks for kids learning from home.

President Ronald Baker said he was inspired after seeing two dads in California doing a similar project.

“I proposed that to our volunteers and they loved the idea,” said Baker.

The desks are compact and designed to fit kids of different heights, with adjustable legs, which can also be removed for travel or storage.

Baker says the desks will go to a Woodford County tutoring program called Mentors & Meals, which helps middle schoolers in need of extra academic help.

“Middle schoolers in our program sometimes don't have their own space," said Lisa Johnson, executive director of Mentors & Meals. "They don't have a desk or they don't have a corner of their own room that is set up for studying. So, this is really an ideal opportunity to get a person space which is dedicated to studying.”

Volunteers have built six desks so far and plan to continue building them as long as there is a need.

They hope to raise more funds to cover the cost. If you'd like to donate, you can learn more by emailing the organization at woodfordhabitatforhumanity@live.com or calling 859-333-0440.