By Nick Werner—
MUNCIE, IN— On the last Friday in August, a dozen employees from Accutech Systems Corp. took a break from building financial software to help build two homes as part of a Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity effort to revitalize the city’s South Central neighborhood.
The volunteers framed one front porch, insulated both crawlspaces, assembled scaffolding, cleaned up the construction site, and more.
Accutech encourages its employees to give back by providing 40 hours a year of paid time for volunteering. Employees can volunteer at any community organization, though many end up working with Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity due to a partnership between the company and the nonprofit.
Once a month, Accutech hosts a build day with Muncie Habitat.
“It feels good to be part of a company that cares about the community and the people around them,” said Nancy May, who is an accountant for Accutech.
Friday was May’s first time on a Habitat build site. Several other Accutech volunteers, however, were seasoned veterans. In 2022 alone, the company has contributed to six build sites and volunteered 218 hours. The Accutech partnership was especially critical for Habitat during the pandemic, when volunteering was down, according to Muncie Habitat volunteer coordinator Kristin Freehill.
“Accutech has made a huge difference,” Freehill said. “There were times when we were struggling to find volunteers and the Accutech team was here and helped us continue to serve the community.”
Josh Rittenhouse, a product manager with Accutech, has volunteered with Habitat since 2017. As of that Friday morning, he had already accumulated 36 hours for the year. He spent much of the day helping install soffit.
“I’d be doing this even if we weren’t getting paid to do it,” he said. “Accutech is more than just a place to work. We truly care about doing great things for other people.”
The homes are side by side on South Mulberry Street in the 8twelve Coalition target area. Muncie Habitat for Humanity spearheaded the creation of the 8twelve Coalition to help the city’s South Central and Thomas Park-Avondale neighborhoods, which are roughly bounded by Eighth Street and Memorial Drive (also called 12th Street).
Previous homes on the two properties had been demolished in recent years after one burned and the other fell into disrepair, according to Eileen Oaks Molter, director of resource development for Muncie Habitat.
One home will be occupied by a family of four. The other will be occupied by a 22-year-old woman who dreams of attending culinary school. Each adult will put 250 hours of volunteer time into their own home. The homes should be move-in ready by spring 2023.
“Muncie Habitat believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a safe, decent, affordable house,” Molter said. “Once you have that stability in your life you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.”
Habitat has been in Muncie since 1986 and has helped 220 partners become homeowners.
About Accutech Systems
Accutech fulfills its purpose to make great things happen for other people by delivering innovative trust and wealth management technology solutions and exceptional, personalized service to over 250 banks and wealth management companies nationwide. The company invests heavily in cultivating a positive and engaging work environment, which fuels a culture of innovation and product leadership. Accutech consistently achieves more than 98 percent customer satisfaction, has been recognized in the Top 100 places to work in Indiana multiple times, and earned a spot on the “Inc. 5000” list of fastest growing private companies in America in 2022.