The organizations work together, building houses for ‘Raise the Woof!’

URBANA, Ill., (WCIA) — Everyone deserves a place to live, including our furry friends.

On Saturday, an organization in central Illinois wanted to do something about it. This is part of the “Raise the Woof” event.

Hundreds of people from various organizations gathered outside the Habitat for Humanity warehouse in Urbana throughout the day, competing to build the best home for dogs, cats, birds or even guinea pigs.

Chad Hoffman, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said it helps build teamwork and camaraderie.

“A lot of times on the builder side, it can be one or two people who work in the office and one or two people who are on a job site, so they kind of combine their skills,” Hoffman said. . . “So maybe the office staff do a little creative work and the site guys do a little construction.”

Teams were divided into two different build categories, “old dogs” with experience or “young puppies”. Those with experience built their house from scratch, the “young puppies” followed the instructions and used specific materials.

On Monday, they will deliver the homes to Marketplace Mall in Champaign. Anyone can bid on it, and the money goes towards future projects with Habitat for Humanity.

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