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April 21, 2014

Hickory Employees Offer Construction Expertise to Community Nonprofits

Jack Holland and Jon Hawker of Hickory Construction have been putting their construction skills to use for the greater good. Both employees volunteer their time and talents to organizations that are making home repairs and construction a priority for the elderly, disabled and others in need.

Jack Holland works with Rebuilding Together Knoxville (RTK), a local affiliate of a national nonprofit organization with a 25-year history that focuses on this charitable work.

“Many of the homeowners we help are living in dilapidated conditions and would be in danger of losing their homes if it weren’t for this organization lending a hand,” said Holland.

RTK helps people keep their homes safe and provides accessible upgrades to those with disabilities. RTK also enables residents to save money by making their existing homes more energy efficient. Getting through the cold winter was easier for some of the residents they’ve worked with thus far. This assistance allows the most vulnerable citizens, including many of the elderly, to stay in their homes for as long as possible.

Jon Hawker also volunteers his time with a very similar organization called LIVE-IT Ministries. This nonprofit organization started four years ago to try to meet the needs of the elderly in Sevier, Blount and Knox Counties.

“I love being able to help out neighbors and take the skills I’ve learned with Hickory and make a huge difference in someone’s life,” said Hawker.

Hawker serves as an operations director and evaluates repair requests for LIVE-IT. Once he has a good idea how extensive the project is, he recruits and manages the unskilled volunteers and then coordinates construction activities.

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