Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | April 10, 2017

Building Healthy Communities

Having a safe and affordable home has been shown to positively impact a person’s overall health. When families aren’t spending large amounts of their income on housing, they can afford more nutritious food, medical insurance, and otherwise invest in their own health and wellbeing.

Duke Raleigh Hospital is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, to help build houses for hardworking, low-income residents of our community. Last fall, we were a sponsor of Habitat Wake’s Women’s Build, a program that encourages women to “get out of their comfort zone” and join Habitat at the construction site.

More than 40 Duke Raleigh employees volunteered for Women’s Build events, giving more than 375 volunteer hours to help build new homes in Wake County.

“Working with Habitat for Humanity was such a joy,” says Holly Bradicich, Manager of Service Excellence at Duke Raleigh Hospital, who volunteered during the Women’s Build. “It was a great way to have fun with co-workers while getting involved in the community. I have so much appreciation for the work Habitat for Humanity is doing and I am so grateful that I could be a part of making a difference in someone’s life.”

Volunteers are a big part of what makes Habitat for Humanity so successful, says Melanie Rankin, Development Director for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. “One of the reasons our homes are so affordable is because they’re primarily built by our volunteers,” she says.

Affordable housing is a priority of Wake County. Duke Raleigh Hospital is committed to working with community partners and other health care organizations to improve the health of Wake County and its residents.

“We value having partners like Habitat for Humanity who share our common goal of building healthy communities,” says Alicia Barfield, Director of Community Affairs at Duke Raleigh Hospital. “The Women’s Build Day was a fun way to work together with co-workers supporting efforts to provide affordable housing in Wake County.”

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, visit

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