SAILORS ABOARD THE USS MISSISSIPPI TO VOLUNTEER WITH HABITAT

By Adele Lyons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Adele Lyons, Director of Development and Communication
228-678-9122 office
228-313-3841 cell
alyons@hfhmgc.org

Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Submarine Group Two Public Affairs Officer
Pre-Commissioning Unit Mississippi (SSN 782)
860-625-9687
Jennifer.cragg@navy.mil

SAILORS ABOARD THE USS MISSISSIPPI TO VOLUNTEER WITH HABITAT

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Pascagoula, MS (May 23, 2012) – A group of Sailors from the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Mississippi (SSN 782) will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) while the ship is docked in Pascagoula awaiting the upcoming Commissioning ceremony set for June 2.   On Tuesday, May 29, several Sailors will spend the day working in Pascagoula on an ongoing housing project.  The volunteers will be working on the final stages of construction and landscape at a home site located at 1505 School Avenue in Pascagoula.  This home is enrolled in the LEED for Homes Program.  Certification in the LEED for Homes Program signifies that the project takes an aggressive stance on energy efficiency, reducing the impact of construction on the environment, and producing a healthy place for people to live.  This home is the 2nd LEED project Habitat has undertaken in Pascagoula.

Capt. John McGrath, PCU Mississippi’s commanding officer said that his crew was very interested in assisting in volunteer projects while the submarine is in Pascagoula for its commissioning.

“The Sailors of PCU Mississippi are true ambassadors of good will for not only the Submarine Force, but the U.S. Navy,” said McGrath. “Since the early days of the boat’s construction, my crew has diligently shown their volunteer spirit by giving of their off-duty time to various activities in Connecticut. It’s only fitting for my crew to do the same in their namesake state of Mississippi.”

Adele Lyons, director of development, Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast appreciates the support from the Sailors of PCU Mississippi.

“Since Habitat for Humanity has been involved in an initiative to engage members of the military community, it is a perfect match to get Sailors from the Mississippi involved in one of our projects.  From past experience, we know these Sailors have a work ethic is second to none.  We truly appreciate the Sailors wanting to give back to this community through volunteerism,” said Lyons.

PCU Mississippi was also recognized for its volunteerism. In December 2011, the submarine and her crew received a 2011 Navy Community Service/Project Good Neighbor community service award.

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WHEN:          Tuesday, May 29, 2012

TIME:  Media are invited for interviews, photos and video opportunities from 9:30 to 11:30 am

WHERE:        1505 School Avenue, Pascagoula, MS  39567-4364

NOTES:         For safety reasons, media should connect with the Site Supervisor when they arrive at the construction site. Closed toed shoes are required and a hard hat may be given to media to wear while on site depending on the work being done at the time.

About HFHMGC:
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 500 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org.

About LEED for Homes:
LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants.  Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 5,000 homes have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 20,000 have registered and are in process.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.