Virginia shipyard crew helps out charity

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Huntington Ingalls Industries said its Newport News Shipbuilding division in Virginia turned over the keys to the 10th home the shipyard has constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.

The division has partnered with Habitat for Humanity since 2002 to build homes for families in the community.

Volunteers from across the shipyard donated their Saturday mornings and early afternoons to construct the 1,300-square-foot, ranch-style house. The keys were presented to the Polynice family May 8 during a dedication at the home on 29th Street in Newport News.

Division president Matt Mulherin and other shipyard leadership joined Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, Habitat for Humanity board president Alexis Swann and other city and business leaders to welcome the Polynice family to their new home.

"Newport News Shipbuilding has been doing this in partnership with Habitat and the United Steelworkers [union] for some time now and it's a great endeavor where we give back to the community," Mulherin said. "While we build aircraft carriers and submarines, this is an important piece of what we build as well and we wish you all the best."

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