Reaching out to our local communities is an integral part of who we are at Envirocon, and employees at Envirocon’s corporate headquarters in Missoula, MT have been staying active in their community this summer. In late June, the Washington Companies assembled a crew of volunteers to assist the Habitat for Humanity of Missoula. Each year for the past five years, the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation organizes a group of volunteers from all the Missoula-based Washington Companies to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Build Day, usually with two build days taking place each summer. The June Build Day was the first build day for 2017, and saw a turnout of 30 volunteers.
On this particular day, the crew assisted in finishing the basement structure and putting on the flooring for the main level. Together with employees from Envirocon’s sister companies, the crew completed the main floor subflooring, installed the staircase frame, and prepped the home for the construction of its exterior walls.
The mother of the family who will be receiving this home was onsite to assist with the construction. She was very excited to see all the progress, and take part in its construction. She told the crew about her family, how excited her kids are to each have their own room, and the general floorplan of what was being built.
As one crew member said, “This was my first Habitat Build! I was able to use a circular saw on blue board insulation, and we all worked together to move three bunks of lumber and sheathing onto the raised deck/floor of the house. We had a great group of volunteers on our shift and great team work! The best part of the afternoon was meeting the owner and hearing her story. Just before we finished for the day, I wished her luck, and she told me how appreciative she was of everyone who has been a part of their building process. Being a part of this build – even though the part was small – was so rewarding!”
For many Build Day participants, this was their first time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and for some, this was their first time doing any type of home construction. Overall, the volunteers were excited to take part, and engage with the local community and many are looking forward to the next Habitat Build Day on Friday, September 15, 2017.