Habitat for Humanity launches 2014 build

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Dozens of hammers, millions of nails and a growing need. Chippewa Valley Habitat for humanity is about to build a home, and it needs your help.

The organization kicked off its 2014 build with an event geared toward its volunteers at Phoenix Park Monday night.

“I have worked in maintenance so I have a lot of skills I could put to good use,” new volunteer Ernie Vogler said.

Ernie Vogler and his wife Vicki say they're ready to try their hand at building part of the Xiong families five bedroom home this summer.

“Just the idea of helping people is very satisfying,” Vicki Vogler said.

Whether or not you have any experience with a hammer and pounding in nails Habitat for Humanity says they’ll take volunteers of all skill levels.

“If you need some instruction we have great supervisors that will guide you,” Jennie Childs, the Co-President of Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity said.

Childs says they have until December to make floor plans come to life for the nine member Xiong family that's outgrown their current home.

“They need more space, there aren't enough bedrooms,” Childs explained.

Sheng Xiong and her family say they were overwhelmed when they found out they were chosen as a partner family for the 2014 build.

Habitat for Humanity says they'll break ground on the ranch style home on Neccesity Street in Eau Claire the next couple of weeks. For the Xiong family, that means a lot of hard work and learning construction skills this summer.

In order to get the keys to their dream house the family will put in 400 hours helping to build the home. They'll also pay a zero interest mortgage on the home over the next 30 years. For the Xiong's, the learning experience is all worth it in the end.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the house,” Sheng Xiong said.

Habitat for Humanity says it's still looking for volunteers to help with this year's build. If you're interested in getting more information on volunteering or signing up to help out we have more information on the right-hand side of this screen.


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