In June, more than 500 people took part in the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Build-a-Thon. Since then, the number of volunteers have dwindled and the 20 homes sit unfinished. Karen DeMoor is one of the people waiting to move into her new Habitat for Humanity home. Currently, she and her kids are located in a small apartment.

"I have two small children, a boy and a girl, so the boy is in one room, the girl in the other room and I sleep in the living room on a futon," DeMoor said. Jeff Capps, with Habitat for Humanity, expected the volunteer numbers to drop off after the June build-a-thon.

"By design, we have smaller crews in the range of 15 to 25," Capps said. But, some days, volunteer crews aren’t even that big. Capps says he’d like to present home recipients with their keys by the end of the month, but he’s not sure if all of the work will be finished.

"We have all this support from across the country, now we absolutely need the local volunteers to help finish them out. And I hope people respond to that call," Capps said. Volunteers are working 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at two sites in Cedar Rapids. For more information or to volunteer call (319) 366-4485.