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Local Agriculture Industry Sponsors and Volunteers Kick-Off Indiana State Fair Building Fifth Habitat for Humanity Home

Friday, August 1, 2014 9:30 am EDT


Indianapolis, IN
"Dow AgroSciences is proud to once again partner with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity as we have been involved with Habitat’s Ag Builds at the Indiana State Fair for the past five years"

INDIANAPOLIS—(July 31, 2014)—Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Indiana’s agriculture community for the fifth consecutive year to construct a three-bedroom house during the Indiana State Fair.

Construction of the 1,334 sq. ft. Habitat for Humanity home will begin Friday, Aug. 1, 2014—opening day of the Indiana State Fair. More than 380 local agribusiness volunteers will dedicate more than 2,990 hours to complete the build for future Habitat homeowner Arlene Escorcia Fuentes, in 14 days.

Fuentes lives with her aging parents, Eduardo and Ayda, in a small, one-bedroom rental apartment. Fuentes said, “Homeownership means a solution to our problematic living situation, and [being able to] afford the bigger space. I am most looking forward to a beautiful, clean house to create a warm space to happily live in.”

Indiana State Fair attendees will be able to see the team’s building progress on a daily basis and tour the home in the final stages of construction. On Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11 a.m., a home dedication will take place at the Fairgrounds for all sponsors, volunteers and Indiana State Fair visitors. After the home is dedicated to the family, the house will be moved to its permanent location on Graceland Ave. in the Near North neighborhood.

“The Habitat Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair continues to be an excellent example of how Hoosier hospitality and collaboration directly impacts and improves the lives of others within the city of Indianapolis,” said Jim Morris, President & CEO, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity. “The annual Ag Build is a great opportunity to get to know those making a difference within our community, to see the families we’re empowering and to further promote the impact Indiana agriculture makes on our state.”

Dow AgroSciences, The Kroger Company, Wells Fargo Bank and Archer Daniels Midland are leading the team of 31 Indiana businesses and organizations, mostly involved in Indiana’s agriculture industry, to build this year’s Habitat home. Dow AgroSciences and The Kroger Company have sponsored the Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair for the past five years.

“Dow AgroSciences is proud to once again partner with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity as we have been involved with Habitat’s Ag Builds at the Indiana State Fair for the past five years,” said David Sousa, Public Affairs Manager, Dow AgroSciences. “Our employees are always eager to get out of their offices and labs, roll-up their sleeves, and volunteer to make a difference in the community.”

 “As a food manufacturer, distributor and retailer, Kroger has been supporting local agricultural growers for more than 131 years, and we work very hard to continue to find ways to support each local community we serve,” said John Elliott, Public Affairs Manager, The Kroger Company. “Habitat for Humanity is an exceptional organization that transforms lives in such a lasting way. Our associates are proud to be a part of that transformation with this year’s Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair.” 

“With our deep roots in agribusiness and as a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity, Wells Fargo is extremely excited to be a part of our second Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair,” said Steve Troike, Vice President, Business Development Officer, Wells Fargo. “Our entire team takes great pride in supporting the communities in which we live and do business. On behalf of our Indianapolis team, we are honored to be a small part of such a great mission.”

Additional Financial & In-Kind Sponsors: AgReliant Genetics, Cargill, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Habitat for Humanity of Indiana, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana Crop Improvement, Indiana Pork Producers Association, Ingredion – Indiana, Marion County Farm Bureau, Inc., McCormick Company, Near North Development Corp, POET Biorefining, Red Gold, Inc., Regions Bank, Weaver Popcorn

In-Kind Sponsors: Achieva, Inc., Baxter Communications, Country Hank FM, Exhibit House, First Option Mortgage, Indiana Dairy Association, Indiana Family of Farmers, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana State Fair, Maingate, Miller Brooks, Purdue Dept. of Agriculture


About Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity
Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity works with low-income families in need to provide the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity is committed to eliminating poverty housing and making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families and individuals in need.

Since 1987, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 775 families globally relocate from substandard and poverty housing into simple, decent, and affordable homes. More than 475 of these homeowners are here in our community of Greater Indianapolis and 300 in Central America. The foundations laid by Habitat go far beyond the physical structure of a home. Habitat for Humanity is creating stable foundations in all areas of life – impacting future generations. To learn more or get involved, visit or follow us on Twitter @IndyHabitat.