Volunteers from Ancestry work on landscaping at local Habitat for Humanity project. | Jennifer Wirth

Volunteer efforts and hard work are paying off as a local Habitat for Humanity project draws closer to completion. The home construction project located at 47 N. and 200 W. in Lehi, should be finished by the end of the year.

Habitat for Humanity projects are a hand up, not a hand out. Local volunteers help future homeowners build and repair homes. “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Utah County helps lift people, fosters hope, and unites diverse groups to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities by building, renovating, and repairing homes,” says the Habitat for Humanity mission statement.

Wednesday, October 3, volunteers from local genealogy company Ancestry, worked at the home to complete the sprinkling system and to install a fence. Scott Preston works at Ancestry in the legal department and enjoys the opportunity to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity when the opportunity arrives. “Ancestry has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for at least six years. It’s a tradition that in the fall an email goes out asking for volunteers. Ancestry also donates funds. It’s become something that I look forward to doing,” said Preston.

Many local businesses have given time and money to this project. Local volunteers have been a great resource, from Silicon Slopes businesses such as Verisk and Adobe, to businesses just around the corner, like Lehi Bakery. When the home was started, Lowe’s donated $5,000 as part of the Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week. For one week, only women worked at the site “to spotlight homeownership challenges faced by women,” the Habitat for Humanity website explained.

For more information on the local efforts of Habitat for Humanity or to volunteer with the Utah County chapter, visit habitatuc.org.

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