Volunteers had the opportunity to learn the process from the ground up. According to Adam Jones, owner of Mill House Properties, some members of Team Mill House had very limited experience with tools and building. Although many had only ever swung a hammer to hang a picture, by day’s end the team was driving nails and framing walls.
“Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is a great organization whose staff and volunteers work tirelessly for the greater good of our community,” Jones said. “We were thrilled to be out there and do a little something to help.”
Habitat for Humanity connects people and resources to help families in need build and own quality, affordable homes in safe and supportive communities.
On the move
Downtown Chapel Hill’s Franklin Hotel is among one of the first five properties to be named to the Curio boutique hotel brand by Hilton Worldwide. The 67-room Franklin Hotel has been independently owned since its 2007 opening. With the rebranding, expected later this year, the hotel will have access to Hilton’s reservation and loyalty points systems.
Persons of interest
With the long winter behind, the outdoor pool at the Hargraves Community Center is now open for the summer season. Operated by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, the free pool offers lap swimming, a zero-depth entry pool, and a wading pool for younger children and toddlers.
The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill will double the size of its Old Mason Farm Road site. The expansion, slated for completion in the fall of 2015 will add 24 guest rooms, kitchen, laundry and play facilities, and a welcome center. The Ronald McDonald House provides a temporary home for the more than 2,000 families of children treated annually at UNC Hospitals.
The Chapel Hill chapter of SCORE recently ranked No. 2 out of 334 chapters nationwide on a client engagement survey. SCORE, a non-profit organization under the U.S. Small Business Administration, pairs retired business people with local entrepreneurs and small business owners in their community.
Beginning June 1, the Ackland Art Museum and Ackland Art Museum Store has eliminated Thursday evening hours. The museum and store will continue to hold opening receptions and other special programs in the evenings. Admission to the UNC’s Ackland is free.