Sioux Falls, SD
The Charity Home Project by the Home Builders of the Sioux Empire asks members to chip in and offer free labor. It's a big budget house where the proceeds eventually end up on the door steps of those who need a leg up.
The frame isn't free. The labor is another story.
Crews are hammering away on this south Sioux Falls home. No individual agenda. Not even a profit. This work is all for others.
We fund scholarships to kids going to high school into college to get guys or girls into the trade, Home Builders Association President Kevin Zomermaand said.
Cody Wiseman is the youngest volunteer here today. He's also a benefactor.
I got a $1000 scholarship from HBA to use next year at SDSU, Wiseman said.
That will help this teen with building trades experience when he puts down the hammer and picks up a pencil next year in college.
I've been around this for as long as I can remember, Wiseman said.
Zomermaand says it does more than that that though. The home sale generates money for tools in schools and an annual charity day for the association.
Sure, it's a good cause, but getting these volunteers to show up isn't as easy as you might think. Housing starts have soared in Sioux Falls this summer, making lines long for paying jobs too.
If it's slow nobody wants to come donate their time because they don't have money to donate. When it's busy it's hard to find the time do it, Zomermaand said.
But the process continues. In three months this three thousand square-foot home will list at 400-thousand dollars--finished by the pros for a family building a life, making another's a little easier.
Whoever buys this house is getting a great house for the value so it's going to be a good deal, Zomermaand said.
Six separate companies joined forced to help frame the home today. The Home Builder's association uses the expertise of 680 separate members.