The spirit of volunteering is alive and well in Clay County.
Several local residents from Brazil, Riley, Center Point, Bowling Green and Terre Haute were on site Wednesday to help lay the foundation for the newest Habitat for Humanity of Clay County home.
This is the 15th house that Habitat has built since it was incorporated in 1995.
The three-bedroom home is going up on the corner of McDonald and Colfax. The home will belong to Angela Harper and her children.
"We hope to have the home ready for dedication in March or April," Keith Bowers, Habitat member, said. "This is a turn-key home, and when we do the dedication, it'll be ready to move into."
Bowers said that many of the volunteers on site were apprentices to the Local Bricklayers Union No. 4 for IN/KY.
Ed Helton, instructor for the union, said the men were all attending Ivy Tech State College, and this was a way for them to receive practical training and help the community.
"I provide the equipment, and they provide the drive," Helton said. "This is a great group of men, and we are fortunate to have them."
In addition to the bricklayers and local volunteers, Vern Tincher, State Representative for District 46, was in the trenches helping lay the foundation.
"I am a retired field rep for the Bricklayers Union," Tincher said. "It's an honor to work with these men and with Habitat for Humanity. People talk about how today's youth have no work ethics, but just look at these guys. They are a great inspiration."
Clay County Habitat for Humanity President Jerry Morgan, said that he hoped the house would be up and under cover before bad weather arrived.
"If we can get it up and the roof on, we can work all through the winter to finish the house," Morgan said. "It all depends on how many volunteers we can get. The more we have, the faster we can go."
According to Morgan and Bowers, area churches have been very supportive of the workers, bringing refreshments to the site, and offering help in any way.
Volunteers Bowers, Tincher, Helton and Morgan, were joined by Glen Hoopingarner II, Dane Norton, Paul Barkesdale, Brandon Justice, Timmy Hoopingarner, Jr., Justin Ellinger, Richard Lightfoot, Joe Heffner, Carver Rose and Mack McCullough in laying the foundation.
Those wishing to volunteer to build this Habitat for Humanity of Clay County home may contact Jerry Morgan, 812-864-2482, or Keith Bowers, 812-443-7021.