On Thursday April 28, 2016, Indiana Fever forward, Erlana Larkins, ventured to Avon, Indiana to help tipoff Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build week. Larkins, alongside 50 plus female volunteers from Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Heroes, and local recipient family, the Anthony’s, worked to frame a new home for the Anthony family.
Larkins arrived shortly after the Anthony family, and intently listened as Brittany, the matriarch of the Anthonys, expressed the immense amount of gratitude that consumed herself and her four young sons. Ms. Anthony has overcome many personal obstacles and demonstrates a poised strength and determination. With the aid of Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers like Larkins, Anthony will conquer one more goal: homeownership.
After visiting with the Anthony’s, Larkins put in work with one of six teams, constructing an exterior corner wall. With the trusty assistance of their team leader, Larkins and her team of four happily worked along. Bent nails and a minor layout set back did not deter Larkins or her team. Larkin’s was originally scheduled to participate for an hour time frame; however, she worked overtime to see the job through. She did not leave until her team’s wall was successfully added to the overall structure, and continued to help well after that.
Throughout the evening, Larkins took the time to mingle with volunteers and pose for photos. She left the evening having inscribed, “may God continue to bless you and your family” on the home’s frame, alongside countless well wishes and sentimental messages from other volunteers.
Thursday’s event was the first of many during National Women’s Build Week, which officially commences on April 30 and continues through to Mother’s day on May 8. The build was a part of a longstanding relationship between the Indiana Fever and Habitat for Humanity.