Americorps, Habitat for Humanity build houses in Butte

SILVER BOW COUNTY

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
POSTED: 6:36 PM Jun 19 2013   UPDATED: 8:53 PM Jun 19 2013
Americorps and Habitat for Humanity build houses in Butte
BUTTE, Mont. -

Americorps leaders are in the Mining City for five weeks.

In the short time since they've been here, Americorps leaders and Habitat for Humanity volunteers have already started building multiple houses in Butte. Americorps prides itself in being a program that builds community through service.

Americorps Team Leader Diana Feldmann explained, "They're working to build the community around these homes."

Eight Americorps members are working with Habitat for Humanity.

Americorps member Melissa Pulsinelli said, "Building a house so families could live in is just the most rewarding thing."

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization. In southwest Montana, the group has built more than 40 homes over the past 19 years. The houses go to low-income families.

"The projects here in Butte are definitely part of our favorite projects we've been on," Feldmann said.

Feldmann and Pulsinelli know the work they are doing is important.

"You can really see how building houses for people in need really just changes the dynamic of the community," said Feldmann.

The Americorps workers have three more weeks in Butte.

Pulsinelli said, "Hopefully we'll finish some more houses, work with more families, do as much as we can in the last three weeks of our terms of service."

Americorps members are also participating in a program called Brush with Kindness, which does painting, minor repairs, and landscaping for low-income, elderly, and disabled community members.