Brigham City Day of Caring
On Saturday, September 22, over 60 volunteers cleaned up the Habitat for Humanity Northern Utah new home build site and areas of the Mountain View Mobile Home Park. A number of the volunteers came from Northrop Grumman and Procter & Gamble, and were joined by many community members. This project was part of United Way of Northern Utah’s Day of Caring, an annual day of service organized by independent United Ways across the United States.
The Habitat for Humanity home build site was full of brush, weeds, and garbage. The home that had previously been on the lot burned down in a 2016 fire, and needed a lot of work to prepare for construction. Barry Vincent, former President of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Utah, grew up in the former home.
“I found it very interesting to see my family home from the 1940's burn down, and then work with United Way and Habitat for Humanity Northern Utah to clean up the site for a new family,” said Vincent. “I can still remember sitting up in bed at night and listening to the mice run through the walls of the house. It really scared me as a five-year-old boy!”
Volunteers were able to clean up trees and remove debris from the lot, and Habitat for Humanity hopes to be ready to break ground on construction in the next month. Habitat’s home ownership program unites volunteers and low-income families in building affordable housing.
Other volunteers from Saturday’s group went to the Mountain View Mobile Home Park, which has undergone damage from two fires this year. Volunteers were able to help with yard maintenance, trailer painting, and general cleanup. Working with residents and maintenance workers, they were able to paint 7 trailer fronts and clean up 12 homes.
“I was thrilled with the success of our Day of Caring projects in Brigham City,” said Liz Corona, Volunteer Engagement Manager at United Way of Northern Utah. “We had at least 60 local volunteers come out that morning, some with their whole families, to make a huge dent in the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Utah’s future build site and to help clean up and support a local trailer park which had been recently affected by fire. It’s always so magical to see people come together to help make a difference!”