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Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives! We're Having a Party to Build a Home! Join Us!

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives!
We're Having a Party to Build a Home! Join Us!

"We're having a party to build a home! Join us!," said Sherry Brown Cooper. Cooper is the Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, and she was talking about the organization's annual dinner auction fundraiser.
Habitat will hold its 13th dinner auction on April 1 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown. The theme for this year's event will feature a festive carnival atmosphere as "Habitat Goes To Mardi Gras."
This annual fundraiser for the local Habitat chapter features silent and live auctions, raffles, other games, and a buffet dinner. Many exciting raffle items are available including a 5-day stay at the Flamboyant Hotel, located on the Caribbean's Grand Anse Beach in Granada, West Indies; a custom-made doll house; paintings and signed, numbered limited edition prints by regional artists; autographed books; and donated items are still coming in from retailers, manufacturers, resort areas, restaurants, and many other sources.
Ticket sales are limited to 400. The cost is $40.00 each, and they are available now by calling the Habitat office at 301-791-9009. Half of each ticket price is tax-deductible. Tickets sold out at the last two year's events.
The $42,000 raised last year helped Habitat to continue building affordable housing for low-income families. This year's goal has been set at $50,000. The homes are sold to qualifying families on a no-profit, no-interest mortgage. Families must put in 500-hours of "sweat equity" building on Habitat houses and participating in other Habitat projects alongside the Habitat volunteers.
During the year 2005, six new Habitat homes were completed bringing the total Habitat homes in Washington County up to twenty-two. Construction plans for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County in 2006 will begin with a home on Reynolds Avenue in Hagerstown, according to Cooper.
She went on to explain that having land on which to build has become a problem. Land costs are going up, thus making it more and more difficult for Habitat to construct affordable homes.
"We have a great need to build more homes! We have families waiting for these homes to be completed. Their need is great! Their need is now!" Cooper said.
The Habitat Board of Directors is facing great challenges in getting land. It is looking for help! It is looking for donors, either monetary or those who can deed over a piece of land. Or, if a person is willing to sell it to Habitat below market value, the difference can be used as a tax write-off.
Anyone wanting more information on any phase of the Habitat operation may obtain it by calling 301-791-9009.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.

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