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Habitat will build four homes in 10 days this summer

The Blitz Home Builders group works at a Habitat blitz event in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2014. The group is coming to the Vail Valley July 22-July 31 to build four Habitat homes in 10 days. The blitz event is being held in celebration of Habitat Vail Valley’s 20th anniversary. For more info, or to volunteer for the event, visit habitatvailvalley.org or call 970-748-6718.

VAIL — The concept that eventually grew into Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley was born at a Minturn pizza restaurant in 1995 when locals Michael Wasmer and Ron and Patti Brave had dinner with Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat International. Fuller convinced them to start the local chapter, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, Habitat will partner with the Blitz Home Builders group and local volunteers to build four homes in 10 days. The blitz event is scheduled from July 22 to July 31 at Stratton Flats in Gypsum.

"For the past two decades, Habitat Vail Valley has partnered with 54 hard-working local families to build safe, decent and affordable homes in Eagle County," said John Welaj, executive director of Habitat Vail Valley. "Partnering with Blitz Home Builders group in our 20th anniversary year is an exciting way to celebrate with the community and to accomplish something that has never been done before in the Vail Valley."

Blitz Home Builders is comprised of volunteers that come from all parts of the United States and around the world. The group chooses one Habitat affiliate each year to partner with to build completed homes in an accelerated period of time. Since 1996, the Blitz Home Builders have built 50 homes in 17 communities.

"It's all hands on deck for the blitz event," said Allison DeVoe, volunteer coordinator for Habitat Vail Valley. "We are not only seeking local volunteers to help with the construction of the four homes but are also seeking donations of construction materials, as well as snacks and meals for the more than 80 volunteers that will be onsite every day."

Since 1995, Habitat Vail Valley has built 53 homes and has remodeled three homes in Eagle County with the help of dedicated volunteers, donors and partner families. Additional 20th anniversary events for Habitat Vail Valley include the 16th annual Carpenters' Ball on March 14 at Larkspur Restaurant and an inaugural Breakfast for Humanity event on June 25 at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.

For more information about Habitat Vail Valley or to sign up to participate on a Blitz Build volunteer crew, visit habitatvailvalley.org or call 970-748-6718. For more information on the Blitz Home Builders group, visit blitzhomebuilders.org.