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Local Sponsors and Volunteers Double Homes Built at Sixth Annual Agriculture Build at Indiana State Fair

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 2:37 pm EDT



Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity will return to the Indiana State Fair for its sixth annual Agriculture Build. Unlike the previous five years, providing one home to a family in need, this year Habitat is partnering with Indiana’s agriculture community to build two homes for two deserving families in 14 days. 

More than 850 volunteers from 30 sponsors will begin construction of the two Habitat homes on Friday, August 7, 2015—opening day of the Indiana State Fair. These volunteers will dedicate more than 4,000 hours for future homeowners Malachi Smith and his wife, Moneiyan Geebli, and second homeowner, Alexis Hardin.

Both families will complete more than 300 hours of sweat equity, including financial and home maintenance classes, and hours spent helping to build their home and other Habitat homes. 

When asked what they are most excited for in their new home, veteran Malachi Smith and his wife, Moneiyan, expressed their longing for “peace of mind.” Future homeowner Alexis Hardin said she looks forward to owning a “stable place for a lifetime and being able to save and live in peace.” 

Indiana State Fair attendees will be able to see the building progress on a daily basis and tour the homes in the final stages of construction. On Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11 a.m., a home dedication will take place at the Fairgrounds for all sponsors, volunteers and Indiana State Fair visitors. After each home is dedicated to their family, the houses will then be moved to permanent locations in the Near North and Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhoods. 

“The Habitat Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair shines an excellent spotlight on the Indiana agriculture community and other Hoosiers working collectively to impact and improve the lives of two families within the city of Indianapolis,” said Jim Morris, President & CEO, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity. “The sixth annual Ag Build is a unique partnership, not seen anywhere else in the U.S., between the Indiana State Fair, Indiana’s agriculture community and Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity.” 

The Kroger Company, Wells Fargo Bank and Dow AgroSciences are leading the team of 30 Indiana businesses and organizations to build this year’s Habitat homes. Dow AgroSciences and Kroger have sponsored the Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair for the past six years. 

“As a food manufacturer, distributor and retailer, Kroger has been supporting local agricultural growers for more than 132 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 once again be a part of that transformation with this year’s Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair.”  

“As a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity, we are once again pleased to be a part of the Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair,” said Christopher DesJean, Vice President, Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo Bank. “Wells Fargo is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and do business, and our long-standing history and commitment to Agribusiness continue to make this event an important one for our local teams. We continue to be honored to be a part of such a great event.” 

“We are very excited for future homeowners Malachi Smith and Moneiyan Geebli, and Alexis Hardin,” said Rolando Meninato, Vice President, Seeds Global Business Unit, Dow AgroSciences. “These families join homeowners that we support in more than 30 countries and five continents through Habitat for Humanity. Each and every Habitat family inspires, humbles and drives us in our attempt to provide adequate shelter to those in need and 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.” 

Additional Financial & In-Kind Sponsors: Archer Daniels Midland Company, Agribusiness Council of Indiana, MacAllister Machinery, POET Biorefining, Red Gold, Inc., Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Habitat for Humanity of Indiana, Indiana Pork Producers Association, Ingredion Incorporated, Marion County Farm Bureau, Inc., McCormick Company, Regions Bank, Weaver Popcorn Company, Monarch Charitable Foundation, Gregory & Appel Insurance, AgReliant Genetics, Cargill and Smith Implements.

In-Kind Sponsors: Achieva, Inc., American Dairy Association, Baxter Communications, Country 97.1 HANK FM, Indiana State Fair, Indiana’s Family of Farmers, MainGate, Inc., Davis Homes, Near North Development Corporation and Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation.

About Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity unites the community with people in need to provide the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. 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 800 families globally relocate from substandard and poverty housing into simple, decent, and affordable homes. More than 500 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 

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