Give Solar + Habitat for Humanity: A Modern Day Barn Raising

The Central Valley Habitat for Humanity builds houses with people who might not otherwise be able to afford their own homes. It’s an organization for everyone, with opportunities to volunteer on and off the construction site. With the help of Give Solar, Habitat houses constructed in and around Harrisonburg, Virginia, come with solar panels. According to Jeff Heie, Director of Give Solar, this “gives homeowners the opportunity to save money each month on their electric bills and be a part of the solution to climate change.”

Sally Newkirk, Associate Broker with Kline May Realty, joined David Wenger, Executive Director for Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, and the rest of the team at their most recent “Solar Barn Raising”. Volunteers combined their skills and came together to install the panels and get them ready to use. One of the volunteers, Doug Hendren, shared, “This is a way to leverage community enthusiasm, have a good day, and lower the cost of the project… I mean what’s not to like!?”

Through the efforts of Habitat, Give Solar, volunteers in the community, and our sponsorship, we’re able to make solar energy accessible to not just those who can afford the up front costs. Jeff Heie shared, “Kline May is showing their community spirit and their investment in the community by directing funds to this project so we’ve been really please to have a partner like Kline May.” We’re so thankful for this opportunity and look forward to working with them on future projects! To contribute to Give Solar, visit