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It takes a village: Nonprofits partner for Kids to Love playhouse 

MADISON – Members of the community continue to shower generosity on Kids to Love, the Madison-based organization that serves children living in foster care, the nonprofit that recently hosted a highly successful golf tournament fundraiser among other projects.

The North Alabama Homebuilding Academy (NAHA), partnering with Girls Inc. of Huntsville for their 4th annual summer camp, providing hands-on experience with the building of an indoor playhouse Thursday on the Kids to Love campus.

Throughout the month, participants in the Girls Inc.’s Eureka! Program also visited with NAHA to learn about career opportunities from female industry leaders. The playhouse participants got hands-on experience learning real-world construction skills and techniques.

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“We are so excited that Girls Inc. and the North Alabama Homebuilding Academy chose Kids to Love as their playhouse project recipient,” said KTL founder/CEO Lee Marshall. “When our team of case managers and therapists welcome children and families into our space, we want them to feel safe and loved. But we also want kids to be kids.

“This new playhouse will be such a fun addition to our Kids to Love Campus.” 

NAHA Executive Director Tommy Davis said, “We are proud to partner with Girls Inc. in providing this opportunity for young ladies in the Huntsville area. This camp highlights the career opportunities that are available to them in the homebuilding industry. It has been very rewarding to hear participants say to us, ‘I could do this!’ when looking ahead to their future career goals.”

According to Stephanie Malone, Girls Inc. of Huntsville executive director, working with NAHA and KTL is a community building collaboration that will benefit young females.

“Community partnerships are an integral component of the Girls Inc. Experience, and the exposure our girls receive through this collaboration with NAHA and Kids to Love is unmatched,” she said. “Three local nonprofits working together to empower strong, smart, and bold women of the future is what it’s all about.” 

The camp was held at the academy every Thursday in June. Guest speakers from Lennar Homes, LeeHouse Homebuilding, Wilson Lumber, and the HMCBA Professional Women in Building Council appeared at the playhouse raising.

Two weeks ago, the 3rd Annual Grant Hill Memorial Golf Tournament raised $103,000 in sponsorships and donations. The tournament is hosted by the Hill Family Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Kids to Love Grant Hill Trauma Team. 

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