White-collar execs take part in Durham Habitat for Humanity build

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Some top CEOs put in some manual labor Tuesday

Some of the Triangle's top CEOs rolled up their sleeves and put in some manual labor on a Habitat for Humanity building project in Durham Tuesday.

"Let's face it, when you're running a public company every day, you don't get out very much and it's nice to relieve a little stress hitting a few nails," said Charles Swoboda with Cree.

Tuesday was the fifth year in a row the group has volunteered. Bank of America executive Kari Stoltz has been coming out for years.

"As a VIP, as a CEO build, I think what matters the most is that we are really showing the community that it's worth the time to work on affordable housing for the community, that it is the foundation for success," she said.

Habitats of Wake, Durham, and Orange counties all came together for the project to make three homes happen for deserving homeowners who put in their own sweat equity.

"One of the things we do in addition to coming out occasionally and helping build houses is we're actually working to provide our LED bulbs for any new habitat house being built in the country," said Swoboda.

He said giving back to the community when the economy is down and times are tight can be difficult, but worth it when the homeowner gets the keys.

Other volunteers will help finish the homes that should be ready by the beginning of July.

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