CHEYENNE – Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County’s 28th summer build season has been extended into the fall. With last spring’s late snow, building got off to a later than typical start and a few more weeks are needed to complete construction on the organization’s 47th and 48th homes. These homes will be owned by the Favela-Favila and Duran families who have already put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity alongside volunteers this summer.
Habitat for Humanity homes are built by the community to provide decent and affordable housing for partner families. Costs are kept low by utilizing volunteer labor and by discounted or donated goods and services. Future homeowners contribute by providing 400 hours of sweat equity and then purchase the home with an affordable mortgage. Mortgage payments help fund the construction of affordable homes for new partner families. In this way, Habitat provides a hand up, rather than a hand out to local families in need.
“Volunteering on a Habitat Home is a wonderful experience and a way to see what is possible when the community comes together in service of others,” said Executive Director Kate Wright. “We had to cancel a few build days early in the season because the ground was too wet, so we’re happy the autumn weather is predicted to be nice so we can add more volunteer build days to complete these homes” added Wright.
Working on a Habitat Build day is a great opportunity for individuals, church groups and businesses. Volunteer shifts are available on Fridays from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am-Noon, and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Volunteer Coordinator Pat McIlwain at [email protected]g. Volunteers are needed for construction of the homes as well as providing meals for the volunteers.