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Buildable Hours - Richland County Bar Association

The RCBA, in conjunction with the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity, sponsored a “Buildable Hours” project that was held May 20-24 in a downtown Columbia parking lot located at 1010 Lady Street.  The project entailed the construction a home for a family in need in the Midlands.

Attorneys and law firms sponsored build days and time through financial contributions and on-site labor. Because of the generous donations given, we were able to raise over $55,000.  

Volunteers from various legal organizations worked on the house until it was transported to its permanent location.  Many local attorneys, including Major Steve Benjamin and Attorney General Alan Wilson, volunteered.  We enjoyed significant exposure by the media in newspapers, on television, and in radio interviews. 

The sponsor family was Corrie and Santana Williams, who applied the Habitat program in 2009 because they wanted a chance to owntheir first home without struggling to make high mortgage payments. Corrie and Santana are young parents of three children ages nine, three and two. Before moving into their new home, they lived in an overcrowded apartment with no yard or safe place for the children to play. Corrie and Santana are both college students  studying to become social workers. They both want to serve those in need much like the help they have received from Habitat for Humanity.

We are still trying to reach our $60,000 goal, so if you would like to make a donation, please see below. 

How can I make a donation?

Make checks payable to:

Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
Memo line: BUILDable Hours Project

Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
209 S. Sumter St.
Columbia, SC 29201

Online Donations:

Visit the following webpage to fill out the form and make sure you specify that your contribution will go towards the BUILDable Hours Project.

What was the purpose of the Buildable Hours Project?

Buildable Hours is designed to engage attorneys, associations, staff, and summer law clerks by providing a meaningful team building experience.  This project allows the legal community to support Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing affordable, safe, and adequate housing for a hard-working local family. In the past few years, more than 50 law firms and businesses from across the country have participated in the Habitat for Humanity building projects through Buildable Hours.

Who was in charge of the Buildable Hours Project?

The RCBA Buildable Hours Committee consisted of George Cauthen of Nelson Mullins, Jennifer Ashburn of the Ashburn Law Firm, Will Dillard of Belser & Belser, PA, Representative James Smith of James Smith, Jr., P.A., Jody Bedenbaugh of Nelson Mullins, Anna Pridgen of Habitat for Humanity, and Ashleigh Messervy of Habitat for Humanity.

What is Buildable Hours, Inc.?

Buildable Hours - Richland County Bar AssociationBuildable Hours, Inc. is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization of law firms committing financial and physical resources to build homes with local Habitat for Humanity organizations for deserving families.  It was founded in 2001 by Rober Goldman, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, and Scott Michel, a partners in the Washington, D.C. Firm of Caplin and Drysdale.  For more information about Buildable Hours, Inc., visit www.buildablehours.com.


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