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Center to honor Fuller's memory

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

AMERICUS, Ga. -- Millard Fuller's legacy of doing battle against poverty housing runs long and wide -- first with Habitat for Humanity and then with The Fuller Center for Housing.

The Fuller Center plans to honor its founder with the Millard Fuller Legacy Build of 2010. The event is planned for Sept. 6-10 and will be focused in Indianapolis. The center will be building seven new homes in addition to renovating 15 in the Midwest city during the build week.

All over the world, Fuller Center covenant partners are gearing up to start building at least 100 houses to be constructed during the Legacy Build week.

The Center is calling for volunteers to be part of the monumental project.

Fuller co-founded Habitat Humanity in 1976 before leaving the organization amid controversy in January 2005 to establish The Fuller Center in May of that year.

"We are moving steadily toward our goal of 100 houses built or dedicated during that week," Fuller Center President David Snell said. "We are building a few overseas, 22 in Indianapolis and 45 to 50 more in the rest of the U.S. So we think we'll make 100 easily."

September's Legacy Build is the organization's third. In 2008, the group held its first build in El Salvador; last year it was held in the Chattahoochee Valley towns of West Point, Ga. and Lanett, Ala.

"This event is not the most efficient way to build houses," Snell said. "But it is a great way for us to gain exposure. We aren't as big as Habitat (for Humanity) and we can't buy this kind of PR for us."

Despite Fuller and Habitat parting ways in 2005, Snell says the two groups still work well together.

"Habitat will be building an additional house in Indianapolis that week," Snell said. "We work together all the time, but Habitat builds new houses and we do rehabilitation work."

Snell added that the The Fuller Center for Housing's major needs to do its work is funding and volunteers.

"Fundraising, or course, is always an issue for us," Snell said. "We could also use a few more volunteers in Indianapolis to do the build that week."

Anyone wishing to volunteer, or provide assistance to the Fuller Center, should call (229) 924-2900 or e-mail info@fullercenter.org.