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Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! I've Got a New Resolution For You!

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
I've Got a New Resolution For You!

Hey! Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? Many people have, and many have already broken them. But if you are in either group, here's a chance for you to add a new one.
Millions of people the world over make New Year's resolution each year. Most often they are hastily conceived. It is usually a way people make promises to exercise more, eat less, lose weight, stop smoking, cut down on alcohol, eat healthier diets, change jobs, buy less, save more, and numerous other behavioral things.
New Years is the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time. It is the perfect time for people to look back into the past and make plans for the future. Many take this opportunity to make lofty plans with a lot of New Year's resolutions. Few are kept! Many are broken very shortly after being made!
Most of these resolutions are things that are good in and of themselves. They are self-serving and rely upon the will power of the human making the resolutions to change their lifestyle to accomplish their goals.
But there is another resolution you might consider. It is a noble and selfless New Year's resolution of helping others. Of course, I am referring to asking you to make a New Year's resolution to help Habitat for Humanity of Washington County achieve its goal of eliminating poverty housing.
Habitat For Humanity of Washington County, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry, is a volunteer-based organization. It addresses the most basic of human needs, a place to live and grow, by providing decent, affordable housing for low-income families. The homes are built with volunteer labor and "sweat equity" of 500-hours of labor by the family taking title to the home. Habitat sells the home to the family at no profit and offers a zero-interest mortgage on the home. The money from the payments is used to build more homes
You can resolve to be a Habitat volunteer. America has a proud tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. It provides a way to be useful, help others and do good deeds in your own community. While most volunteers have no construction experience or building skills, they are involved in most phases of construction. Working side-by-side with the family who will live in the house, our volunteers share in the excitement and joy the family gets from its dream of home ownership. Habitat volunteers contribute more than muscle. Creativity, strategy, and technical skills are among the many invaluable traits they bring to the organization. With a minimal staff, Habitat depends on volunteers of all types. Everyone reading this has some special skill to offer. Every individual has a unique gift to give to the community. Volunteering for Habitat takes on many forms . . . working on a house, serving on the Board of Directors, raising funds, landscaping, helping in the office, and many other tasks.
You can resolve to help fund a project. Habitat homes are primarily funded by contributions of money and in-kind donations of materials, services and land. Habitat houses are not so large that the time or material donation is an unreasonable request. A Habitat three bedroom, one bath home covers approximately 1,200 sq. ft. Skilled workers needed are: excavators; plumbers; carpenters; roofers; electricians; heating and air conditioning technicians; drywall hangers and finishers; painters; earth movers and landscapers.
Materials needed are: stone; block; lumber; concrete; siding; drywall; top soil; electrical and plumbing supplies, and anything else you can think of in house construction.
So if you are looking for a very meaningful resolution for the year 2008, please consider making one to help Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. And after making this resolution, contact Habitat for Humanity of Washington County at 301-791-9009 or habitatsharon1@verizon.net to share the good news.

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

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