MontanaFair is August 13th - 21st, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Builds at MontanaFair

Billings-area Habitat for Humanity volunteers will be constructing a house during MontanaFair, and visitors are welcome to drop by and watch hour-by hour progress. The house will be located near the Heritage Building and tours are offered daily from 5 to 6 p.m.

By the end of the fair, the house is expected to be about two-thirds finished with complete framing, siding, doors, windows and roof. After the fair, the house will be moved to its permanent foundation near Newman Elementary in Billings South Side. Moving costs are sponsored by Stockman Bank, and the house should be finished by October.

The three-bedroom home is for Amanda Nelson and her two children. Amanda will be working alongside volunteers all week to help build the house. She’s hoping to add to the required 350 sweat equity hours required by Habitat for Humanity, but also wants to thank volunteers and visit with curious fairgoers.

Volunteers are needed to fill shifts throughout the week. The shifts run from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Each shift needs about 15 volunteers. Building experience is helpful but not necessary, and all volunteers are supervised by construction professionals.

To sign up for a volunteer shift, call 652-0960.

The work on Amanda’s home is made possible thanks to a grant from Thrivent Financial’s ThriventBuilds with Habitat for Humanity program, which is supported by the local Lutheran community.