Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Tuesday is World Habitat Day, and staff and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity were out in full force improving communities around the world.

Organizers and volunteers from the Columbia chapter were building a home that's temporarily resting in the Shealy Electrical Wholesalers/Schneider Electric parking lot.

This particular home will be going to a woman named Sheila Elkins and her 13-year-old son.

"It's so nice for them to volunteer," Elkins said. "To do this and to take income from their company and to use it to help other people, people they don't even know like me and Ian."

Shealy Electric Wholesale is helping her with them home with both manpower and money.

"It's great because you feel connected," said Bill DeLoache, the company's CEP. "It's like anything else, until you do something you really don't know what it will do for you and the community."

Officials hope to have Elkins' home complete by January, 2013.

The United Nations declared World Habitat Day in 1985 to draw attention to the need for better shelters around the world.

Habitat has helped more than 2.5 million people worldwide.

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