Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties will be holding a kick-off for their upcoming Clearfield home renovation on Oct. 8 starting at 9 a.m. at 350 N. 75 W. in Clearfield. Volunteers will help with needed repairs and yardwork, after which Habitat will help a qualified low-income family purchase the home through a no-interest loan.
Anyone interested in helping with the project is welcome to come pitch in, and bring your wheelbarrows, shovels, and/or hammers if you have them.
“We have to start ripping out old stuff to get ready for the new,” said Joel Lee, president of the group’s Weber/Davis chapter. “It’ll be a really nice kick-off. We’re excited about it.”
The home was donated to Habitat for Humanity by Ron and Nancy Greger. Nancy’s parents had lived in the home before her mother’s recent death (her father had died years before), and they were looking to do something philanthropic with the home.
“It’s amazing,” said Lee. “It doesn’t happen very often.”
On top of that, employees from Aerojet, the company that Ron works for, are coming to help with the project as well.
“He is really motivating his employees to get involved,” said Lee.
Since the home was built in the 1950s, however, work will need to be done to bring the buillding up to code before it can be lived in again.
As part of this the house’s wiring will be entirely upgraded, and there are experts who have volunteered their time to work on both it and other more specialized projects.
“Some professionals have donated their time,” as well as a lot of amateurs,” said Lee.
There will be plenty of other work to do, however, especially outside. Among the projects needing volunteer help is re-grading the front lawn, which is required due to flooding issues.
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties helps low-income families find homes that they fix up or build through the help of volunteers (the families involved in the program are also required to donate volunteer time).
Though Habitat for Humanity often puts a cap on in-home project volunteers due to space, the fact that so much outdoor work is needed means that everyone is welcome to the Clearfield project.
Though organizers are aware that weather might be a consideration, the project is expected to go ahead no matter what.