Employees Volunteer With Habitat for Humanity

March 17, 2014

First Merchants volunteersMUNCIE, Ind. - On February 21, a group of ten Delaware County First Merchants employees used their First Merchants Serves Community Day to volunteer with Greater Muncie, Indiana Habitat for Humanity. The day was spent at a Habitat rehab pulling down walls, ceilings, bagging up insulation and pulling out nails so that new drywall could be hung.  The rehab house will be home to a young mother and her three daughters.

Volunteering were Josh Baker, Kevin Eckerty, Tammy Kirkwood, Erin McLaughlin, Karen Renfro, Jane Smith, Karen Tuttle, Jacob Webb, Doug White and Gayle Williams.

According to Habitat for Humanity, "It takes approximately 150 volunteers, 1,000 hours and $65,000 to make each family’s legacy of home ownership with Habitat possible. Habitat is not and will never be about charity. It is about change. Partner families are not given a fish, nor are they even taught to fish. Habitat teaches people how to own the pond! According to the 2010 Census, Delaware County ranks in the bottom three for both median household income and percentage of poverty in the state of Indiana. Clearly there is much work to be done and Muncie Habitat empowers local volunteers to solve the local problem of poverty housing through both new construction and the rehabilitation of vacant homes."

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, visit http://munciehabitat.org/