For 27 years, Don Rollens and Chuck Haney have hammered nails, installed windows and
hung siding in the heat of summer and the frosty mornings of fall on Habitat for Humanity Cleveland houses.
They have worked on every Habitat house built in Bradley
County since it began in 1990 while working alongside 131 families as they
built a safe and affordable home for their children, their grandchildren and
When volunteers get involved with Habitat for Humanity of
Cleveland, they help hardworking, low-income families build the strength,
stability and independence they need to create a better life for themselves and
their children. Affordable housing is out of reach for many of the community’s
hardworking families and a full-time job is no guarantee a family can afford a decent place to live.
To continue working toward a world where everyone has a safe
place to live, a legacy fund has been created in honor of Rollens’
“Don has been a part of building every Habitat home in
Cleveland. His health will not allow him to continue building, but the new
fund will allow his legacy to continue
through sponsoring a portion of every future Habitat home built through our
affiliate,” said Tyler Bramlett, construction director.
“Giving of his time, talent and passion to help build over
130 homes is a legacy that will live on for years. His impact has changed lives
and will continue to change lives for generations to come," Bramlett
continued. "We are blessed to know Don, and he will always be part of the
The Don Rollens Legacy Fund kicked off in November with the
Habitat volunteer construction crew making the first donations.
“It is an honor to have a Habitat Legacy fund named for
me," Rollens said. "The 27 years that I have been associated with
Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer have been very satisfying and rewarding.
Just knowing that you are able to help someone else have a better life is what
it is all about. Even though I will no longer be able to volunteer on the
construction crew, I intend to continue to provide whatever support I can to
The fund is accepting donations now with no limit to the
“We don't want to limit what the community would like to do
each year to support the Don Rollens Legacy Fund. No matter the gift, large or
small, the funds will go toward building homes and helping hard-working
families. Don will continue to touch each home through your generous gifts,”
said Tammy Johnson, executive director.
Donations to the fund can be made online at
habitatofcleveland.org/donate or through the mail to PO Box 303 Cleveland, TN
Haney has also made an impact on more than 130 families as a
construction crew volunteer and crew leader. As a seasoned veteran, Haney often
leads small groups at the job sites. His legacy will continue in the form of a
workshop built in the ReStore. The workshop will be used as a place to
pre-build home components, train future crew leaders and as an area for
volunteer groups to do construction-related projects.
“Chuck is one of the hardest workers I know. He will do anything that’s asked of him
without hesitation. He will not stop
until the mission is accomplished. I’m a
better person for knowing him. We all
are,” said Bramlett.
The Chuck Haney workshop will stand as a reminder to ReStore
shoppers that their purchases help Habitat provide decent and affordable homes
to families in Bradley County.
“Chuck has been with Habitat since its beginning days,” said
Johnson. “He's committed, dedicated and a faithful worker. He shows up and
continues to work hard on each home and this directly impacts every homeowner
in the Habitat program. It's our privilege to honor Chuck by naming our new
construction workshop after him.”
The workshop can be seen at the ReStore, located at 300
Grove Ave. S.W., Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland seeks to put God’s love
into action by bringing people together to build and repair homes, communities
and hope. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, visit