Eagle project benefits Habitat for Humanity

Published 5:58 pm Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The 10 houses Shea Rowe helped build aren’t big enough to actually move into, but their purpose is to place a local family in a new home.

Rowe chose to build donation boxes for Habitat for Humanity for his Eagle Scout project. The house-shaped boxes were built in November and delivered in May to areas across Chilton County.

Rowe, whose mother volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Autauga and Chilton Counties, was inspired to do the project after working on a Habitat house himself.

“It just kind of stuck out to me that it’s something anybody can do,” Rowe said.

The upcoming Chilton County High School junior has been in scouting since elementary school. He started out with Troop 11 as a way of keeping busy in between sports activities.

Even though Rowe is the only scout in his family, he has recognized the benefits of life skills learned in scouting. Having completed his community project, he is close to attaining the highest rank of Eagle.

The 100-hour project requires not only personal hard work and dedication but also the ability to plan, coordinate and recruit volunteers from the community.

Rowe thanked Danny Carter for supplying Plexiglas, studs and stickers for the donation boxes. He also thanked Jane Conradi of the local Habitat affiliate and Gena and Brad Roller of Verbena for cutting the wood.

Money collected from the boxes will be used toward the next Habitat project in Chilton County.

“It’s not really that difficult to help somebody out,” Rowe said. “You’ve just got to take the initiative and go for it.”

Rowe is the son of Barry and Annette Rowe. He plans to attend Huntingdon College and pursue a major in business and a minor in music education.