Celebrating Earth Day with a tree planting and ribbon cutting ceremony


Left:Ray Allnutt, Construction Mgr. addresses the crowd, with staff and board members.

Right: Mark Billings, Executive Director, opens the celebration.


Left: City officials, and board members plant the tree with future Habitat home owner Janelle Figueroa.

Right: Janelle displays the ribbon and is really excited that to her home is being built for her family.


Members of SEV Habitat staff, board, and volunteers gathered together on the morning of April 22nd, to celebrate Earth Day and the building of a new Habitat home. They were joined by officials of the City of New Smyrna Beach and Oak Hill. Seven local government members and three elected officials joined nine board members, along with  staff and several volunteers, to enjoy planting a beautiful palm in the grounds of our newest property on Howard St, New Smyrna Beach.

Further celebration included the cutting of the ribbon by future home owner, Janelle Figueroa, to mark the framing of the home, which will be completed in several months, built largely by volunteer labor, with the help of three staff , and the family and friends of the home owners, and other Habitat families in the home ownership program.

NSB City Commissioner Randy Hartman, Oak Hill Mayor Douglas Gibson and Vice Mayor Bill Landlau joined  Habitat Board President, Regis Sloan and Board Secretary, Celeste Lester, in the planting of the tree, along with a very excited Janelle.

Executive Director, Mark Billings opened the celebration and welcomed the group. Dr. Lionel Long, Habitat Board Member, provided the invocation, and comments were given by Commissioner Randy Hartman and Ray Allnutt,  Construction Manager. Janelle Figueroa also spoke of her happiness and gratitude for her home. Celeste Lester, Board Secretary, also made a very moving invitation to the ceremony.

Top picture: City Managers, board members and Janelle cut the ribbon to commence the construction of her home on Howard St.