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Wyoming Community Bank donates to Habitat for Humanity
Wyoming Community Bank president Kent Shurtleff, left, handed a donation of $2,500 to Habitat for Humanity executive director Erin Shirley in early October. Habitat for Humanity photo

Wyoming Community Bank donates to Habitat for Humanity in Riverton

Dec 27, 2012 - From staff reports

Wyoming Community Bank recently donated $2,500 to Habitat for Humanity to go toward the latest Habitat home being built on the old Riverton Hospital site.

The Wyoming Community Bank award will be used to purchase construction materials for completing the home.

In 2011, Habitat for Humanity purchased four lots from the City of Riverton for the construction of four homes at that location.

The current home is being constructed for a single mother and her three young children. The home is being built to Energy Star standards with R26 walls and R50 attic insulation.

Since early spring volunteers and the homeowner, friends and family have been working hundreds of hours to complete the home.

"We are required to have the homeowner work 500 hours of 'sweat equity' on the home," said Habitat for Humanity executive director Erin Shirley. "That is a lot for a single, working mom, but that is how we do it. It serves multiple purposes in that it helps the new owner realize just what a big job it is to build a home, it thrills them when they see how many local volunteers we can round up to help them, and it makes them a better homeowner in knowing how construction works."

Habitat for Humanity constructs the homes with donations and grant funds, hundreds of volunteer hours from local groups and businesses, and donated labor from contractors, while adhering to a very strict construction budget. The current home is roughly 1,200 square feet and will be efficient to live in and maintain.

"Now that we are down to the last few weeks before we are done, it's really getting exciting and of course we are spending money at a frantic pace, all, by the way, in county," Shirley said. "We really appreciate and can use this donation from Wyoming National Bank. It is more than timely for us right now."

For information about Habitat for Humanity and the affordable homeownership program for low income families, visit ReStore at 305 E. Main St. in Riverton or call 857-2997.

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