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Pomona College pitching in on Habitat for Humanity "Building Blitz"

Pomona College volunteers are pitching in on a Habitat for Humanity "Building Blitz" that will provide local families with six new homes near campus in six weeks of construction.

The project is the largest ever undertaken by the local Habitat chapter, with the homes going up on an acre of land at the southeast corner of First Street and Claremont Boulevard.  "It's an amazing thing if you haven't been on a Habitat build," says Cyndi Torres, executive director of the Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity chapter. "It's really energized. You're working with other volunteers and you're working with the families" who will live in the homes.

A Claremont Colleges build weekend is set for 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 22 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. Construction volunteers must be 19 years or older (others can still help at registration and hospitality tables), and for their first visit must attend an orientation session at the start of the work day. For more information, contact Jamie Johnson ( at the Volunteer Center or go to the Pomona Valley Habitat chapter's Website.