Habitat for Humanity-Sleeping Giant Built is looking for volunteers to help with the renovation of a Gilbert Avenue home that will soon be home to an area family who otherwise might not have been able to become homeowners.
A year ago at 390 Gilbert Avenue -- along with about an acre of land cut out of the former Gilbert Avenue farm -- to Habitat for Humanity to be restored and sold to a lower-income family who may not have been able to afford home ownership. The family who will own the house also is required to put in "sweat equity" by working on the house as well.
Renovations began earlier this year, and on Saturday, July 28, Habitat for Humanity officials -- partnered with Sleeping Giant Build -- hope people will come out to volunteer to work on the home.
They will be working on the house from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. that day, according to Mike Healy of Sleeping Giant Build.
"This is not an ordinary project for us for two reasons -- it is a renovation instead of new construction, and the house itself is a 100-year-old farmhouse," he said. "This makes the work even more fun and rewarding.
"If you have ever had the inclination to volunteer but were afraid that you lacked the skills, don't worry, the only thing you need to bring is yourself," he said. "No particular skills or experience are required and Habitat will provide all the tools."
Anyone interested in volunteering can register via the signup form found at Sleeping Giant Build's website or call Healy at 203-233-0141.
Registration is required and anyone who shows up the day of the event without registering will be turned away, he said, because the number of volunteers allowed onsite is limited.
For more information, including what to wear and what to bring, can be found at www.sleepinggiantbuild.org