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Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives: Will You Help Us Build A House?

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives
Will You Help Us Build A House?
by William L. Bulla

Will you help us build a house? It is possible for many of us to help build a Habitat house without ever touching a hammer. Not everyone can wield a hammer, but we can help in another way. During the season of giving thanks and counting our blessing is the time for our holiday appeal and your monetary support is greatly needed and appreciated.
It is hard to imagine families living in substandard conditions here in our community. But it is true! Many live in decaying buildings...rotting floor boards, leaking roofs, no running water, no heat, terrible surroundings and overcrowded conditions. There is a critical housing problem in Maryland! Affordable housing is needed. This is true of our county, also. Together, you and Habitat can address this critical problem of crowded, unsafe, inadequate housing for those in need. With the concern and generosity of people like you, together we can make it possible for these families to find new hope. Together we can make home ownership possible, create better neighborhoods, and change the lives of the children in these families.
Habitat for Humanity works on the following principles:
* Homes are primarily funded by contributions of money and in-kind donations of materials, services and land.
* Homes are built primarily with volunteer labor and the "sweat equity" of the approved applicant for home ownership. The applicant's family must contribute 500 hours of labor with Habitat for Humanity before taking title to the home.
* Habitat sells the homes at no profit and offers a zero interest mortgage on the home. Payments from the homeowners are used to build more homes.
Let's work together in partnership to meet the housing challenge in our community. This way we will be able to providing decent, affordable housing to low-income families who pledge work hours in return for loans that enable them to purchase a home they could not otherwise afford.
Please send what you can. Your contribution, of any amount, will help Habitat for Humanity of Washington County to continue its mission.
It is also a way to reduce your tax-burden if you make your gift during this calendar year. Donations may also be given in memory of a loved one, in honor of a joyous event, or as a Christmas, Hanukkah or other gift for that person who truly "has everything."
Yes, even though you may not "swing a hammer" you can help us build a house! Every gift you send will make a difference! And for that we thank you! Mail contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, 20 South Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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

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