Last month Teton Habitat entertained its largest volunteer group to date.
On June 21st, 150 volunteers from Foresters Financial lent their helping hands at The Grove working on various flooring, painting and framing projects. Foresters Financial, an international financial services provider, hosted their annual sales celebration in Jackson Hole in late June. The group was made up of their agents from all over the continent who had reached a particular sales goal.
“The Foresters organizers reached out in early fall 2017,” said Elizabeth Ferguson, Outreach Coordinator for Teton Habitat. “Since that time we have been in constant communication planning, organizing and coordinating the large group.”
This Delivering the Difference program was Foresters Financials first project in the state of Wyoming. Forester’s contributed financial support as well as dedicated volunteers. At the end of the day on June 21st, the group contributed 450 hours of service on sixteen homes at The Grove. The group successfully painted the first eight units, placed almost all the fence along the west side of the property, and framed all the pony walls in the fourth building.
“Foresters Financial and our members have worked together since 1974 to build strong communities and enrich lives.” Kaylie McCann, Foresters Financial Manager of Sales Engagement. “We are excited to have helped families in Jackson Hole through this partnership with Teton Habitat.”
Teton Habitat has just begun exploring hosting traveling groups similar to Forester’s Financial. Voluntourism is an idea that Elizabeth Ferguson had just started exploring.
“We are set up to host many more groups similar to Foresters,” said Ferguson. “I would love to see more tourist get involved with our local community, the community that they are visiting and enjoying.” Ferguson has explored the idea of Voluntourism in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Chamber and other groups.
About Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area
Habitat builds affordable homes in partnership with hardworking families in the Greater Teton Area and strengthens families and neighborhoods through community education and volunteer engagement. With the proud support of one of the area’s most passionate donor communities, homes are built and sold at no profit to pre-selected partner families and individuals through an interest-free loan to ensure affordable monthly payments. Homeowners also contribute at least 500 hours of sweat equity, save for closing costs, and take a series of homeowner education classes to qualify as Habitat Homeowner partners. Habitat also runs the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells donated home furnishings, appliances and building supplies to help fund Habitat’s program.
For more information: www.tetonhabitat.org/ or 307-734-0828 or visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStore
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