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The Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing needs volunteers for its housing project at 731 Yampa Ave. Work days are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 and 15. Lunch, drinks, work gloves, hard hats and safety goggles will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring hammers and pry bars.
“We’ve got a lot of interest from people, like contractors and painters, excited to begin the new construction, but no one wants to work on the old. It’s a little more difficult to rally volunteers for the demolition.”
— Neil Folks, president of the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing
On Tuesday, Neil Folks, president of the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing, set out to continue demolition work on the nonprofit organization’s first local home project.
He was at the site again Wednesday, but little was accomplished as a corps of volunteers failed to show up.
“We’ve got a lot of interest from people, like contractors and painters, excited to begin the new construction, but no one wants to work on the old,” Folks said. “It’s a little more difficult to rally volunteers for the demolition.”
Folks is managing the demolition and reconstruction of a condemned building at 731 Yampa Ave.
The building was donated to the local Fuller Center chapter about a year ago when the south foundation wall collapsed and the city condemned the structure.
In addition to the recent lack of volunteers, Folks said the project has already received its fair share of setbacks.
Demolition began on the old structure almost immediately, but work was delayed twice due to asbestos abatement, Folks said.
Work picked back up in October 2011, but had to be stopped because of the approaching winter season.
Despite the delays, most of the original structure has been torn down. All that remains is the floor, which needs to be pulled up before heavy machinery can remove the collapsed foundation.
Folks was hoping to finish that process this week, but the project is too big for one man.
“We hope to start new construction by June 1 and we would like to have it move-in ready by the end of the summer,” Folks said. “I estimate it would take a volunteer crew of a dozen about two weekends to complete the next phase of the project before we can bring in the heavy equipment.”
Folks chalks this week’s lack of activity to people being out of town on spring break and doesn’t plan to continue work this weekend because of Easter Sunday.
The next volunteer weekend will likely take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 and 15, and Folks is hoping to receive a high turnout from the community.
“It’s a worthy cause because once it is complete, it will become the home of a local, low-income family in need,” Folks said.
The Fuller Center was founded in 2005 in Americus, Ga., by Millard Fuller, who is also a founding member of Habitat for Humanity.
The Moffat County chapter started last year with the project at 731 Yampa Ave.
In addition to the obvious reward of contributing a few hours of hard labor to a worthy cause, Folks said the Fuller Center provides lunch and free drinks for its volunteers.
The organization also provides work gloves, hard hats and safety goggles when needed, but tools from home are sometimes required.
To complete the floor work at 731 Yampa Ave., Folks said volunteers with their own hammers and pry bars are encouraged to bring them along.
For more information or to volunteer, call Folks at 326-8726.
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