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Sussex County Habitat for Humanity launches Veteran Build project

December 4, 2012
Laying the groundwork for the Veteran Build project are (l-r) Kevin Gilmore, executive director of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity; Tom Protack, community engagement director for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity; John Donato of Lead Your Way Solutions; and Mike Nally of Lead Your Way Solutions, who will be the Veteran Build project coordinator. SOURCE SUBMITTED

In honor of Veterans Day, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity announced it will begin a Veteran Build project. Kevin Gilmore, executive director of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, thanked Mike Nally, who agreed to be the overall project coordinator. Nally served as a U.S. Army Ranger from 1982-86 in the 75th Ranger Regiment. He also served in the Maryland and Pennsylvania national guards from 1988-90.

Currently, Nally owns a management consulting business, Lead Your Way Solutions, and a real estate development company, Nally Consulting. He has been associated with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity in various roles for more than a decade.

Nally said, “Being a veteran and being a longtime partner with Habitat for Humanity makes this a perfect fit for me; hopefully, people throughout Sussex County will have the chance to find something meaningful for them during the project. I am excited to serve those that have served our country. I believe helping a veteran build a home for their family is a wonderful way to say thanks. But this project is more than building a home. I want Sussex County to have the chance to come together and share a wonderful experience with fellow veterans and families of those who have served. We need and want veterans, veterans' families and people who want to say thanks to our veterans to contribute to the effort in any way they see fit.”

Tom Protack, community engagement director for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, said, “We have selected a lot in Georgetown Point where SCHFH is currently building; it will serve as an excellent location for all those participating across Sussex County. With Georgetown approximately 16 miles from anywhere in our county, we hope to increase the participation in this great project. No doubt, our veterans and the many friends and supporters of our veterans will make this project a huge success.”

Nally is beginning the initial planning stages and is soliciting participation. The project will include opportunities for volunteers, fundraising, special events and build days. A general planning meeting will be scheduled in January.

To learn more, residents should email information on how they would like to participate to Mike Nally at vetbuild@sussexcountyhabitat.org. To learn more about Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and how to apply for a home, check out www.sussexcountyhabitat.org or  Facebook, or call 302-855-1153.