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Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! It's A Year-Round Committee

"Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!"
It's A Year-Round Committee

There is one committee at Habitat for Humanity that begins a new year-long project the very day it ends its last one! I am referring to the committee that plans and puts on the Annual Dinner & Auction fundraiser.
This group of dedicated volunteers and staff personnel completed its15th annual event on Saturday, April 12, 2008, and within a few days held a meeting to review the event and begin its planning for the Spring of 2009! After review, the committee selected the date, theme, place, goals, and assigned specific jobs to the volunteers.
Those attending the event this past April, which was themed "Under
Construction With Habitat", found the Habitat staff and volunteers dressed in overalls and hardhats to carry out the theme. It was determined that the 16th annual event would be themed "Home, home on the Range with Habitat," so expect to see those volunteers running about wearing sombreros, boots and western-style gear.
The fund raising event will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Hagerstown Community College ARCC Building. Like the past several, it is expected to be a "sold-out" affair, so when the ticket sales are announced in the Spring, you better grab them up before they are all sold out.
With all this decided, this very active committee is not just waiting out the time by shinning their cowboy boots! No, they are all out writing letters, making phone calls and beating on doors to accumulate those valuable items Habitat has for this annual auction. Items are already coming in, and will continue to do so right up to auction week.
Already Habitat has accumulated trips, tickets to next years sporting events, furniture, hot air balloon ride, dinners at leading restaurants, plus many other great items. Numerous local businesses are making tax-free contributions of merchandise to help Habitat's great goal of providing decent, affordable housing to families in need.
Habitat for Humanity's belief is that everyone deserves a simple, decent, affordable place to live. This has been behind the drive and dedication of hundreds of volunteers. These are volunteers that have donated funds, land and material, as well as those that have given so freely of their time and talents to build new homes for low-income families.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County touches lives! It helps families to achieve the dream of owning a home. Habitat empowers low-income families by partnering with them to build decent, affordable housing. It provides a program where low-income families needing affordable housing can work alongside volunteers to build that home.
Then they are allowed to purchase it at no profit and with zero interest loans, making payments they can afford. The majority of family members whose lives improve through Habitat's housing are children. For them, a decent place to live makes all the difference in the world.
That's the reason for the auction committee's dedication. In fact, it is the reason for the dedication of all Habitat volunteers! If you would like to experience this great sense of satisfaction of having been able to help someone in need, join us as a volunteer. The little things we do together helps make that big difference in our world. To volunteer your time, talent, services, merchandise or money, call 301-791-9009.

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

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