April 22, 2013
OREM, Utah -- The Utah Valley University men's basketball team recently spent an afternoon volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. The squad helped build portions of a house for a family in need in Provo.
Teaming up with Utah County's branch of Habitat for Humanity, the Wolverines had the opportunity to aid in the framing of the interior of the home and also in installing underlay for the roof.
"They were a fun group to have out here," said Leann Hillam, programs coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Utah County. "We are always looking for volunteers and the guys were a big help. We already have plans to get them back out here in the fall."
Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations to obtain land and build simple, decent in Utah County. Families that meet the qualifications then help build and eventually purchase the home at no profit to Habitat for Humanity.
Through this mission, Habitat aims to solidify local communities by helping to provide sturdy and safe homes.
"It was a great experience to be able to get out and help build a house for someone in need," said junior center Ben Aird. "Everyone enjoyed how hands-on the project was in being able to build different pieces of the home and use some unique tools. We got to see just how much effort goes into the construction process and I think the day was very successful."
To volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Utah County, visit www.habitatuc.org. There, one can access volunteer registration, project calendars, build sites, and available volunteer shifts. Information can also be obtained through Leann Hillam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Habitat builds all year long and no construction experience is necessary to volunteer.