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Farm Bureau and other ag groups partner with Habitat for Humanity

—By Taylor Skuglik
Public Relations Intern

For the fifth straight year, Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Indiana agriculture sponsors to construct a house at the state fair in just 14 days.

Working alongside 31 sponsors including Kroger, Dow AgroSciences and Wells Fargo and more than 450 volunteers, future homeowner Arlene Fuentes and her family will help build their new home. Fuentes, her mother Ayda and her father Eduardo currently live in a cramped one bedroom apartment, but thanks to the Habitat Agricultural Build they will soon reside in a three bedroom home.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that offers homeownership opportunities to low income families who are unable to obtain suitable housing. For the past five years they have partnered with ag sponsors and the community at the Indiana State Fair to help build a home for a selected family. Each house built by the Ag Build is made from agricultural materials.

Construction of the Habitat House begins on the opening day of the state fair, Aug. 1, and will continue for the next 14 days. Fairgoers will be able to tour the home and watch the building process. If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Ag Build, visit Habitat for Humanity’s website at www.indyhabitat.org or contact Abri Hochstetler at ahochstetler@indyhabitat.org.

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