Justin Provance (R) discusses the lay of the land with TLC excavation heavy equipment operator Mark Greisen (L). PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

PUSH TO COMPLETE TEACHER HOUSING BY AUGUST

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SEEKING LOCAL VOLUNTEERS

The Wilson View project for Big Sky School District (BSSD) teachers is kicking into high gear – and volunteers are needed. A trailblazing collaborative effort between BSSD and Habitat for Humanity, two triplexes are under construction to help with teacher retention.

Habitat for Humanity Gallatin Valley project manager Justin Provance said the goal is to have the first triplex move-in ready by August.

“We have great opportunities for carpentry, painting and caulking – beginners and experts alike – starting this next week on the first triplex,” he wrote in an email. “Haas Builders of Big Sky has graciously volunteered their crew to frame the second triplex… and we’d love to have some of y’all to come help get the next set of walls up too.”

COVID-19 did throw a wrench in things for a bit – about a five week stop on volunteers and then staggering sub-contractors to mitigate risk. Provance is happy that things are back in full-swing.

“It’s kind of a gamble to do the second phase at the same time, but having skilled carpenters on it is just something we can’t pass up,” he said. “It also gives us the opportunity to get this second one totally dried in before the snow flies so we can work on it over the winter.”

Since the project has reopened to volunteers, he said Mel Crichten and Laura Seyfang have been frequent and incredibly helpful volunteers. Crichton is responsible for the vast majority of internal framing and Seyfang helped a lot with the firewalls – it is difficult work and Provance said they did a phenomenal job.

“In an effort to not get spread too thin, yet maintain desired social distancing, our volunteer shifts are Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,” he said.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up through the new volunteer portal: http://habitatbozeman.volunteerhub.com”. Businesses and organizations can also schedule Team-Build days by contacting Kara Meir at karam@habitatbozeman.org

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