Airmen Fly to Help Finish Habitat Home

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

WATERLOO, Iowa – A group of Airmen is flying to the aid of Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Iowa Recruiters and new recruits of the United States Air Force are taking part in a two-day volunteer project.

They're lending a hand to help rehab a Habitat home that will ll go to a Waterloo woman and her son. They will focus specifically on roofing. "Their goal is to take all of the shingles off the house and the garage today (Thursday) and re-shingle it tomorrow (Friday)," said Habitat's Lindsay Pieters.

Six airmen will work on the Waterloo home. They're coming from as far away as Ottumwa, Iowa. Tech. Sgt. Brett Snyder will be a part of the volunteer group, and he said community involvement is import to the Air Force. "It feels good to give back to people who actually need your help, there's nothing better than that," said Tech. Sgt. Brett Snyder. He also said the project would help teach new recruits how to work together as a team.

Habitat depends on groups like the Air Force, schools and churches to get projects done. Each home requires hundreds of volunteers to finish the work.

Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity is currently working on four housing projects. Since 1990, the organization has built or rehabbed just more than 100 homes. It serves Black Hawk, Bremer and Butler Counties.
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