In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, many people had a day off work on Monday.

But the administrative staff members of York Habitat for Humanity decided to roll up their sleeves on MLK Day, dedicating several hours to gutting a red brick house at 709 Cleveland Ave. in York City.

Seven staff members ripped up carpet and tore down a ceiling and kitchen cabinets, said Carlos Zapata, on-site supervisor. York Habitat has been working at the site for almost two months, he said.

The organization has volunteered on MLK Day for 20 or 25 years, said associate director Miles Fishel.

"We just try to make it a day of service," she said.

Fishel said that regardless of race or other differences, everybody should be able to come together with a hammer.

"So today, that's what we're doing," she said.

Getting out: Working on a home together is a team-building exercise for the staff, said community relations coordinator Jenna Markle.

"It's invigorating," she said through a face mask as she worked on the stairs.

And for Stacey Sharland, family services and faith relations manager, a little change of scenery was welcome.

"It's a nice change from working in the office," she said, hammer in hand. "It's nice to come out and work together."

York Habitat is working on three projects now, including a rehabilitation project at 321 E. Poplar St. in York City and a home build at 1 Meadow St. in Jacobus. The Cleveland Avenue location will become a primary worksite in February, Fishel said.

And the organization is always looking for volunteers, she said. Construction runs Tuesday through Saturday each week. Call 854-6168 or visit www.yorkhabitat.org to sign up.

- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.