Founders Day: Helping Habitat for Humanity

Terre Haute, IN - Habitat for Humanity has big plans for a small house. Eventually, it will provide much needed funding, so a family can move into a forever home.

On a tree lined street, just down the block from Farrington Grove Elementary, sits a small house in need of renovation.

"The trees were totally overgrown, no one had lived here for 7 years so the conditions inside were not super good either," said Nicole Beyer, Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator.

Habitat for Humanity acquired the property with plans to flip it. Once the renovation is complete, the organization will sell the home and use the proceeds to help pay for new construction projects.

But this flip house does have something in common with a typical Habitat project. Volunteers are necessary to do the work. "We utilize them in every aspect we can," said Beyer.

And in some cases, the volunteers are investing in their future. Tina and John Story are standing by for a new Habitat home. Construction will start in a few months. Until then, the Story family will contribute a certain number of sweat equity hours to the organization. 

"It means a lot to help people and receive help, it means a lot and we're happy to help," said Tina Story.

Also hard at work, employees from WAWV and WTWO, who stepped away from their regular jobs at the television station to help out.  

"It gives us a chance to get out in the community and provide feet on the ground for people who need it," said WTWO/WAWV General Manager Tim Sturgess.

This is Founders Day for our company. Nexstar Media Group encourages all of its 10,000 employees to get out and make a difference.

"So you can image, what we're doing here is being multiplied all over the country,  it's just a great feeling as a company to give back to communities all over the United States," said Sturgess.

The folks at Habitat for Humanity want people to know that special skills are not needed to volunteer. Tasks completed today included tearing off wallpaper, power washing siding and year work.


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