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In need of helping hands

ROUSES POINT - When Laura Welch learned this spring she was the recipient of Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity's seventh house, she was "exhilarated."

"I wasn't sure that I was hearing right and was very close to tears," recalled Welch. "It's not everyday that you find out you are selected for something that monumental in your life."

Welch, along with husband Christopher and daughter Dakota, are currently waiting for work to begin on their home on Beverly Street, but the project is in need of a site supervisor.

"Basically, what we're looking for is an individual who has some sort of experience in contracting," explained CVHFH board secretary Christina McDonald. "From digging a hole for the basement to the whole works. Wiring, putting the sheet rock up, doing mudding. All of that."

McDonald added the site supervisor would need good leadership skills and the ability to train other volunteers.

The position of site supervisor is often on a volunteer basis, but since so much time has passed without anyone volunteering, CVHFH is willing to pay $5,000.

"What we're looking for is a commitment of at least three days a week," McDonald explained. "Hopefully, one of those being a weekend."

The plans are already in place for the house and CVHFH is hoping to have the basement and framing complete by winter.

"That would be big," said McDonald.

McDonald added she knows of many organizations, including some from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh who have volunteers ready to work "at the drop of a hat."

"We have a database of past volunteers, so we can contact people as well," she said.

"I would like any interested site supervisor to know that I already have several people who are just waiting for someone to start the project," said Welch, who will be helping as well to earn her "sweat equity" hours - a necessity for anyone receiving a CVHFH home. "We're ready to go if someone is willing to take us to the next step."

If interested in becoming the site supervisor, contact McDonald during the day at 297-1702 or 569-8113 during the evening. "We really, really are looking for someone who has the time to invest and is very good with people and has experience that they can put to good use," said McDonald.

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