STURGIS, S.D. – Progress continues on two new Habitat for Humanity homes in Sturgis, and today, members of Wells Fargo volunteered to help build.
The Wells Fargo volunteer build day was in cooperation with the Wells Fargo Foundation awarding a $30,000 grant to Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity to go towards construction of the two new homes, located on Nellie Street.
Kristi Standing High, District Manager at Wells Fargo says through the 2023 Wells Fargo Builds program, the company is providing $7.5 million in grant funding to Habitat for Humanity International to support new home construction, renovation, or repair of more than 360 projected affordable homes in more than 230 communities across the U.S.
This activity is a part of a Wells Fargo initiative called Welcome Home, whereby Wells Fargo employees across the country are working with local charities to make an impact in the company foundation’s funding priority, housing affordability.
Scott Engmann, Executive Director of Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity, says throughout the month of September, Wells Fargo employees will participate in volunteer events like this one in the Black Hills.
Engmann says at least 1 in 11* South Dakota households spend more than half of their income on housing. The number of Black Hills area families who are struggling to afford rent is on the rise.
He says for our partner families, this volunteer effort will take them one step closer to obtaining their dreams of home ownership.