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Wells Fargo employees volunteer on Habitat build

Jan 9, 2014 - From staff reports

The company donated $15,000 to the nonprofit organization in 2013.

The Habitat for Humanity affiliate for Fremont County had a workday Nov. 23. Braving the cold early morning temperatures, local volunteers joined faculty and students from the Riverton High School James H. Moore Career Center to install trusses on the house.

Wells Fargo employees stepped up to provide about 10 volunteers in the effort. The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation awarded a grant to Habitat for $15,000 in 2013.

The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation supports neighborhood revitalization initiatives by partnering with local nonprofits to construct, repair and rehabilitate affordable housing. The foundation, which is one of the nation's largest suppliers of volunteers to Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, celebrated its 5,000th volunteer home build this year as well as its 20th anniversary.

Since 1993, the foundation has invested more than $278 million dollars in support of affordable housing and community revitalization programs, including $39 million in grants to credit and housing counseling agencies. It also has provided more than $18 million in grants through its Leading the Way Home Program Priority Markets Initiative, which offers grants for large building or renovation projects.

This project represents the first house produced as a result of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the Riverton High School James H. Moore Career Center Geometry in Construction curriculum, which started in August. The Geometry in Construction program offers students an opportunity to apply classroom geometry and construction principles to an actual building project.

Len Abernathy and Beau Sheets, both teachers at RHS, supervised about 10 students and Wells Fargo employees while leading the building effort. Abernathy also handled the lunch menu, providing smoked pork for the entire construction crew.

Habitat for Humanity, an international Christian ministry, serves low-income families seeking home ownership opportunities but who don't qualify for traditional lending. New homeowners have no down payment cost, a 0 percent interest rate and the mortgage is carried by Habitat. Habitat homes primarily are built for families with young children with 80 percent of all homes being built for single parent families.

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