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When it comes to building strong families, the Clinton County Habitat for Humanity is always there to help. But now, the volunteer agency could use some assistance of its own.

The house at 111 29th Avenue North is about to become a home in Clinton. That's where you'll find Habitat for Humanity volunteers. They started work on its seventh house in July. It should be ready by Christmas for a family to enjoy.

"Something that gives them dignity, stability and safety for them and their family," said Art Ollie, one of the original volunteers.

While volunteer support makes it happen, it costs more to buy tools and materials. That's why they're making a holiday wish list. The top request is for something called a plate compactor.

"It keeps the project moving," said Tami Ivory, Habitat for Humanity. "When we stop and wait to go rent equipment when it's already here and accessible, the project stays on the timeline."

To donate, call the Habitat office at (563) 242-4494, or email at To learn more, check out

These donations really make a difference. That holiday wish list will help volunteers to complete projects in Clinton County.

Volunteers need everything from a construction  trailer to sledge hammers and more. They don't need to be new but must be in good condition.

"It's a rewarding program to see the family," said Don Hansen, a retired carpenter who volunteers regularly. "They're thrilled to death, and it's good for us to work together."

Clinton County Habitat for Humanity builds one house each year. It's a tradition that will continue with your help.

"They work hundreds of hours every year," Ollie concluded. "None of them are paid. I think they all come back for more."

Volunteer support to make this house a home in Clinton.

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