A group of 13 Care-A-Vanners from Florida have participated in house construction, interior and finish work at the #14 Habitat House here in Pine Bluff, while camping out at Hestand Stadium. On Tuesday, they were honored by both Mayor Shirley Washington and County Judge Gerald Robinson who proclaimed that November 12 is Care-A-Vanner Day.

The Habitat for Humanity house being constructed in Pine Bluff is sponsored by Relyance Bank.

Habitat for Humanity International’s RV Care-A-Vanner teams travel in recreational vehicles to help build houses across the US. The group was started with just a handful of builds in 1988, and has grown to include over 140 builds per year in the US and Canada. The program is designed for both individuals and organized groups. Each of the more than 5,000 Care-A-Vanners has the option to participate in as many or as few builds as desired. The program welcomes people of all ages and from all walks of life who are ready to pick up a hammer and change lives.

Most Care-A-Vanner builds involve eight to 20 volunteers, and lasts at least two weeks, with 10 six-to seven- hour workdays. The teams work alongside local volunteers and future homeowners.