This year\u2019s Wilton Youth United home-building project is already underway.Over the summer, the chapter of Fairfield County Youth United \u2014 part of a national youth group focused on the Habitat for Humanity outreach program\u00a0\u2014 began building on a home for a family of six in Bridgeport.\u201cIt is exciting,\u201d said Margie Holcombe, volunteer Wilton Youth United leader. \u201cWe broke ground in July on the home on Maple St. for the family that will be residing there.\u201dAs part of the Habitat for Humanity program, families receiving a home must put in 500 hours of \u201csweat equity,\u201d which the organization defines as \u201cthe hours of labor our homeowners dedicate to building their homes and the homes of their neighbors, as well as the time they spend investing in their own self-improvement.\u201dHolcombe said although the family receiving the home Wilton Youth United is currently working on has already \u201cdonated more than their requisite 500 hours of sweat equity before they acquire an interest-free loan on their new home,\u201d they are still working alongside the volunteers.Last year, Wilton Youth United built a home at 983 Kossuth St. in Bridgeport for a father and his teenage son, who moved in July 2014.\u201cThey were thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to have a home in a safe neighborhood,\u201d said Holcombe, \u201cand the [Youth United] kids were able to see a full project to completion from start to finish.\u201dWilton Youth United is comprised of elementary, middle school and high school students \u2014 the bulk of which, Holcombe said, are in middle and high school.\u201cStudents who are 12+ may be asked to paint a fence, plant a garden, paint siding, build step stools or make bookcases,\u201d said Holcombe.\u201cStudents who are 16+ actually work with supervision on a home and get experience in laying installation, placing siding on a home, nailing lumber, demolition, painting, cement application and all types of chores.\u201dThere are also activities for Wilton Youth United members of all ages, including making gingerbread houses, stools and bookcases, donating books for the bookcases, an annual car wash and annual holiday craft.Holcombe said Wilton Youth United also works on various group events and fund-raisers with Wilton High School\u2019s Habitat for Humanity Club.Although the number of events and fund-raisers varies each year, said Holcombe, Wilton Youth United strives to do at least one local activity each month.\u201cRegionally, we participate in Hoops for Habitat in March, World Habitat Day and we\u2019ve had a couple of members attend the national conference,\u201d she said.Holcombe said in addition to raising funds for the home-building project and working on projects for the family and house itself, Wilton Youth United also strives to make the community aware of the needs for adequate housing in the area. A new year Wilton Youth United had 35 members last year, said Holcombe, who hopes to see the group grow this year. Although Holcombe said it would be nice to have 40-50 students \u201cwho can occasionally work on a Saturday to dig up the ground or hammer a nail,\u201d the group may only allow 10-12 students on the site due to supervision needs. She said those not on the site could still help with many of the larger group events. This year\u2019s first Wilton Youth United meeting took place at Holcombe\u2019s home on Sept. 21. \u201cWe covered the national, regional and local scope of Youth United and the types of activities that would be part of the program,\u201d said Holcombe, \u201clike\u00a0the Oct. 10 5K run\/walk in Bridgeport and the national conference in November.\u201d Attendees also received forms and discussed ideas for this year, she said. Holcombe said Wilton Youth United does not have \u201cthe rigid requirements of other programs.\u201d \u201cParticipation can be more sporadic for many members who have various commitments,\u201d she said. However, allowing members to \u201cjump in when they can\u201d sometimes leads to challenges, said Holcombe. \u201cSometimes we have too many students for the work day slots and sometimes we have too few,\u201d she said. \u201cIt fluctuates.\u201d Despite such obstacles, Holcombe looks forward to seeing \u201cthe kids\u2019 faces when they complete any construction-type of activities,\u201d she said, \u201cbecause you know that they don\u2019t normally get the opportunity to work with these materials.\u201d Information: email@example.com.