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Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives! You Can Make a Difference!

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives!
You Can Make a Difference!

Show the community YOU support affordable housing in Washington County! You can make a difference! And you can have a fun evening while doing it! Here is your chance to help "raise a roof" for a family in need of decent, affordable housing. You can do it by attending the Annual Dinner Auction of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County.
How can YOU participate? Well there are several ways!
First, you can attend the 14th Annual Dinner Auction, 5:00pm, Saturday, March 31, 2007. Themed "Rock'n Thru The 50's With Habitat," this casual dress event will be held at Hagerstown Community College's ARCC. Buy a ticket for $40.00 per person. Your ticket price includes dinner, silent auction, raffles, games, live auction, and lots of fun. So mark your calendar and call for tickets now! Each year the event has been a "sellout." So call the Habitat office now at 301-791-9009 to reserve your tickets.
A second method of helping out is by making a donation of an item for the auction. Habitat invites you to donate works of art, collectibles, goods and services to be auctioned at the event. Cash donations are also accepted.
Another method is to become a sponsor of the event. There are several levels of sponsorship. Diamond Sponsor ($2,500 and above) receives 10 complimentary tickets; Platinum Sponsor ($1500-$2499) receives 6 complimentary tickets; Gold Sponsor ($750-$1499) receives 4 complimentary tickets; and Silver Sponsor ($500-$749) receives 2 complimentary tickets. Other categories of sponsorship are Bronze Sponsor ($250-$499) and Financial Sponsor ($249 and below). All contributions are tax deductible.
A Habitat home is a community effort. Homeowners work side-by-side with volunteers from all walks of life to build homes. Homes are constructed from donated materials or materials purchased with donated funds. Builders and other professionals donate their time and talents to help teach volunteers the skills they need for construction. Other volunteers raise funds, do public relations work, select and work with families, and many other jobs.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County has built 22 homes since it was founded in 1994. Currently construction is being completed on two homes in Hagerstown, one at 46 Berner Avenue and the other at 517 Reynolds Avenue.
"There is a critical affordable housing issue in this county, that needs everyone's attention," said Sherry Brown Cooper, Executive Director of the local chapter. "Many people who work in Washington County can't afford to live here."
Habitat is looking for land on which to build. Brown Cooper went on to explain that land acquisition 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! Yet, the Board of Directors is facing great challenges in getting land. We're looking for help! We're looking for donors, either monetary or those who can deed over a piece of land. There are tax benefits both ways!" she said. "Or, if you are willing to sell it to Habitat below market value, you can use the difference as a tax write-off!" she continued.
To participate in any of the helping ways listed here, call the Habitat office at 301-791-9009.

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

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