Junior League Volunteers Help Habitat House Reach New Heights

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Hammers in hand, hair pulled back and decked out in tshirts, Junior League of Topeka members converged on a southwest Topeka neighborhood for an unusual monthly meeting.

Instead of talking over potential projects in an air conditioned meeting room, group members poured sweat equity into a home building site at 1717 SW Sieben.

Jessica Johnson, Junior League of Topeka president, said the group decided to replace their traditional monthly meeting with volunteering on Topeka's largest Habitat for Humanity home to date. She said Junior League strives to be involved in the community in projects that impact children. When they heard of a home for a family with six children, they thought it was a perfect fit.

More than two dozen Junior League of Topeka members planned to work at the site Wednesday over three shifts. By noon, they'd already helped construct walls on the upper level of the split-level home, installed one window and cut opening for other windows.

Bora Mungana, whose family is purchasing the home, worked alongside the volunteers. Bora had a big smile when he described how unbelievable it is to see the home taking shape and he personally thanked each of the volunteers for their efforts.

WIBW-TV and Thrivent Financial partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the project. More than two dozen other business partners also signed on to the project. The Mungangas should move in by mid-September.