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Celebrate community spirit by participating in barn-raising

BRECKENRIDGE – Volunteers with Summit County’s Habitat for Humanity begin building their second home today. This will be the first barn-raising experience for the local chapter.

Traditionally, barn-raising was a way to help a new family get started. The community would come together to build a house or a barn for the new family in just a day or two. While some worked on construction, others would prepare food and drinks.

Some might say a barn-raising is a celebration of the community spirit.

Paul Becker is the general contractor for the house to be built this weekend. He said he suggested the barn-raising because he feared the house would take too long to build otherwise.

Vicki Pierpont, president of the Summit County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, said the last house the organization built here took almost a year and a half. She said building organizers expect to have this house completed by Sunday.

The foundation already has been poured and sealed, and its inspection has been completed, Pierpont said.

Today, approximately 40 to 70 framers are expected to install the frame. Becker said he needs about 10 to 12 volunteers this morning to help organize lumber, set up the food tent and block the street for the afternoon framing.

Volunteers will work throughout the weekend to finish the project by Sunday, Pierpont said.

Scott Giles and his family have been awarded the house, Pierpont said, but that doesn’t mean they get it for free. Giles is the wrestling coach at Summit High School, and he and his wife have 8-month-old twin boys.

According to Pierpont, the family is required to put in 500 hours of what is called sweat equity. In other words, they too will work on building the house, as well as getting food donations for the workers, and more. The Gileses have received an interest-free loan and will pay an affordable monthly mortgage payment.

The money they pay will go toward building the next Habitat for Humanity house, Pierpont said.

Weather permitting, the house should be almost entirely complete by Sunday – that includes electric, plumbing, drywall and carpeting. Pierpont said the family still will have to paint the house and landscape.

The more volunteers for this weekend’s barn-raising, the better, Becker and Pierpont agreed. Those skilled in construction are invited to bring their own tools, but it’s not necessary to be experienced to help with the project. People are needed to help sweep and clean the area during construction, as well as to serve food to the workers.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or lsnyder@summitdaily.com

Habitat for Humanity volunteers needed

– What: Habitat for Humanity Barn-raising

– When: Today, Saturday and Sunday

– How: Just show up, or call Paul Becker at (970) 390-1613 or Vicki Pierpont at (970) 418-8080 for more information

– To get there: (from Frisco): Drive south on Highway 9. Take a left at 7-Eleven (County Road 450). Follow the hill to the fork in the road. Take a right at the fork. Go through French Creek neighborhood. Take a right at Local’s Lane – it’s the second right after you leave French Creek. (If you get to the stop sign at Wellington Road, you’ve gone too far.) Follow Local’s Lane to the barn-raising, which is Lot 5, on the left.

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