Volunteers needed for Habitat homes


Construction of the first of three Habitat for Humanity duplexes in West End Village is under way, and volunteers are needed to help.

Only a few people have offered their time, Habitat Board member Larry Oman said. However, Tom Fox and a team from Fox Construction and LaFarge North America have donated time and materials for the footing, Habitat board president Jim Vallard said.

"Almost anyone can do any of the work we're going to be doing," Vallard said.

Though most of the immediate work involves building the foundation -- erecting wooden forms, tying rebar and pouring concrete -- there will be plenty of experienced workers to lead the way, Vallard said.

Volunteers are particularly needed Thursday through Sunday to help build the foundation. Then, Habitat will need help for the next five or six months to frame the house and complete the work on the 2,000-square-foot duplex. Vallard said he hoped this project could attract as many as 300 volunteers, which Habitat has seen for previous projects.

Also, a volunteer project coordinator is needed to help direct volunteers two or three days a week, Oman said.

"If we could find somebody who wanted to work at that capacity, that would be great," Oman said.

Single mother Ellen Claire and her two children, 8-year-old Codi and 6-year-old Ty, will reside in one side of the house now under construction. Walter and Jessica Copeland and their two children, 2-year-old McKenzie and 3-month-old Walter, will live on the other side.

Funding for the three $50,000 lots was provided by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Regional Affordable Living Foundation.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com


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