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A raffle for a greenhouse and a 20-percent-off sale at the Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity ReSale Store is raising money to help build and repair homes.

The Darby High School shop class has completed a greenhouse built from repurposed windows from the Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity ReSale Store plus materials donated by community members.

Darby Industrial Arts educator Max Fiedler said the teaching project was good for his construction trades class.

"This has been a fun way for students to be creative with construction while doing something positive for the public,” he said. “Service projects are always high on my list as a teacher because it gives the students ownership in their work as well as their community."

Meghan Casale, volunteer coordinator, with Habitat for Humanity said the students were creative with their greenhouse that will help a raffle winner extend their gardening season.

“Fielder and his students came to our retail store, found items they could repurpose and started building,” she said. “We extended the raffle to the end of November because of Apple Days, Hamilton Farmers Market and our Habitat sale.”

Raffle tickets cost $1 per ticket, six for $5, or 25 tickets for $20 and can be purchased at the Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity ReSale Store, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Casale said the greenhouse was a great way to get students involved.

“We’re hoping to get students from other schools throughout Ravalli County involved,” she said. “We are really in need of students and younger people getting involved and volunteering. This shows them the importance of volunteerism, it is a win-win for everyone.”

The Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity ReSale Store has a storewide sale with all donated items 20 percent off through Saturday, Oct. 20

“We did a huge cleanup of Habitat and the store looks amazing,” Casale said. “It was tedious going through everything but the store looks great and we think our customers are really going to be excited.”

All proceeds help Habitat for Humanity build and repair homes for low–income families in Ravalli County.

Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity held their first annual fundraiser, A Night of Building Hope, that drew 130 people on Oct. 4.

“We spent months preparing for this and received so much support and donations from our community,” Casale said. “We were able to raise close to $15,000. This first year was spent building a lot of groundwork which we anticipate will help us for next year's fundraiser.”

As part of the fundraiser four Bitterroot Valley restaurants created tapas for a friendly competition. Bouilla won best overall restaurant for the cook-off between Bouilla, Mineshaft, Caffe Firenze and Mission Bistro. Mineshaft won most creative and Mission Bistro won b est use of region.

Casale said Habitat is in desperate need of donations for future home builds.

“We also are always in need of volunteers and if anyone is interested in volunteering they can contact me at volunteer@ravallihabitat.org,” Casale said. “We have so many opportunities to help at the Resale Store, Home Build, or Home Repair Program. It’s important to note, that they do not have to lift a hammer to help!”

For more information visit www.ravallihabitat.org or call 406-375-1926.

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