Nelson’s Habitat for Humanity to merge with Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity

Effective July 1, the Nelson County Habitat for Humanity merged with the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity to become Piedmont Habitat for Humanity.

According to a news release from Sam Rabon, with the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity, the two programs have been serving lower to medium income individuals and families in their respective communities for over 20 years. Farmville covers the counties of Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, and Prince Edward.

“The combined expertise, experience, and resources of both affiliates will allow for all five counties to be served with even greater capacity,” the release said.

According to the release the Nelson County program has effectively built homes with 26 local families and partnered with the building and trades class at Nelson County High School over the years to make these projects possible.

“This has only been possible because of individuals and organizations — advocates, donors, and volunteers — who embrace the vision of a community where everyone has a decent place to live,” the release said.

The Farmville locality has built or repaired 42 homes in the 28 years it has been active. Together, the new Piedmont Habitat for Humanity will continue to tackle the issue of affordable housing in the area.

“Piedmont Habitat for Humanity eagerly anticipates and appreciates the continued support of local citizens who rally together to lend a hand in helping all of our neighbors build a brighter tomorrow through the stability of safe, decent, affordable housing,” the release said.

Nelson County High School Future Farmers of America at Virginia State Convention

The Nelson County High School Future Farmers of America chapter attended the Virginia State FFA Convention June 17 to 20 in Blacksburg. Twenty-four Nelson County high school seniors attended the state convention and came home with multiple awards. According to FFA Advisor Cole Ramsey, the group received multiple awards for the chapter as a whole.

“The chapter received the Superior Chapter Award based on the quality of chapter activities throughout the year. The chapter received the 100% Membership Award for every student enrolled in Agricultural Education having FFA membership. Finally the chapter won a Gold Rating in Public Relations for community involvement and outreach throughout the year,” Ramsey said in a statement emailed to the Nelson County Times.

The 24 seniors also won numerous individual and team awards in different areas of competition during the three day convention. Included in these awards is the Farm Business Management team, which won a state champion title and will go on to compete at the National FFA Convention and Expo held in October in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Farm Business Management team includes Katie Powell, Brittany Hall, Kelsy Fitzgerald, and Sarah Harvey.

Other members of the various award-winning teams include: Jack Rodgers, Lydia Staton, Colt Mauer, Eli Hunt, Alcindor Barnett, Robert Morris, Kevin Dillard, Sarah Hicks, Victoria Pewtress, Taylor Weade, Bridgett Dunnivan, Bryson Ramsey, James Johnson, Trevor Snead, Nathan Saunders, Camden Mayo, Hayden Campbell, Stormy Sutherland-Wallace, Robert Campbell, and Chase Williams.

Ramsey said three Nelson senior FFA — Kelsy Fitzgerald, Stormy Sutherland-Wallace, and Danielle Saunders — received their state FFA degrees.

Ruth Fitzgerald finished her year of service as a Virginia FFA State Officer and also won a State Proficiency Award for Agricultural Education. Her Proficiency Award Application will be judged nationally in the coming weeks to determine if she is a finalist.

Ramsey also said the Nelson FFA has four state champion career development event teams and one state proficiency award winner.

Unity in Community Banquet

Unity in Community, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping others in the community, is hosting a banquet July 13 to raise money to continue to support families in need in the community. The banquet will be held at the Nelson Heritage Center, 1653 Thomas Nelson Highway, at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from any UIC member or by calling (434) 277- 8842. Adults are $25, children ages five to 13 are $10, and children under 5 are free.

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Erin Conway covers Nelson County for the News and Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5524.

Erin Conway covers Nelson County. Reach her at (434) 385-5524 or

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