Police officers and firefighters pitch in to help two Northside homeowners 

On May 31, volunteers from the Police Department and Fire Department competed for bragging rights as they installed landscaping at two adjacent Habitat for Humanity homes in north Minneapolis. 

In a friendly competition between the two departments, teams of firefighters and police officers squared off to see which team could lay the most sod in 15 minutes. Although the Fire Department claimed the win, the real winners were the homeowners and neighbors of the two properties, located at 2200 and 2210 Irving Ave. N. In addition to installing sod, the volunteers built a retaining wall and completed other landscaping work.

The competition was organized to support Habitat for Humanity,  an organization that works to eliminate poverty housing and make decent, affordable shelter available. The organization builds and rehabs quality homes in partnership with low-income families and the community. It then sells the homes with zero percent interest mortgages. The organization also helps preserve homeownership by helping low-income homeowners repair and maintain their homes through our A Brush with Kindness program and by assisting families living in the City of Minneapolis who are facing foreclosure or who have fallen behind in their mortgage payments through our Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention program.



Published Jun 6, 2012



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