Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Do You Have A 'Clunker' At Your Curb?

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
Do You Have A 'Clunker' At Your Curb?
By William L. Bulla

If you have a "clunker" still sitting at your curb, here's a chance to get rid of it!
With the economy as it is today, many people are looking for methods to increase their tax credits for the year. Well, here's a suggestion that may help some of you.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County can profit from this national
Habitat program. It will not only give you a tax credit, but it will also help your local Habitat organization to build a home.
Here's how it works! The program generates revenues for local Habitat affiliates by sending 100% of the net proceeds, after expenses, to the local affiliates. All vehicles donated by residents having Washington County zip codes will provide revenues to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. Donors can call the Cars for Homes (tm) toll-free number, 1-877-277-4244, or process their car donation online at www.carsforhomes.org. Donor contact, title and vehicle information is collected and, upon acceptance of the donation, arrangements are made for the vehicle, keys and title to be picked up for processing. The local Habitat affiliate receives the sales proceeds after the towing fees and other expenses are paid. Donors receive an acknowledgement letter for their car donation and can check with the Internal Revenue Service or their tax advisor for information on the tax deductibility of their donation. And it makes a great gift during this Thanksgiving period. You can give thanks for the "clunker" being gone and the tax credits you receive. Then Habitat can be thankful for your gift to help build homes for needy families. They, too, will be thankful for having a new home.
It also works for boats. It is a hassle-free way to get rid of unwanted cars or boats. It is a way to help families in need of affordable housing. Your old car or boat can help build a home."
It's a way you can help Habitat of Washington County to build a house from your computer or telephone. It is also a way to reduce your tax-burden if you make your gift during this calendar year.
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. Or they are renting at too high a price, and cannot afford other basic necessities such as heat, nutritious food, or gas to get to work.
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.
If you do not have a car or boat to give, or unable to donate services, material or land, you can always make a cash contribution. Your contribution, in any form or any amount, will help Habitat for Humanity of Washington County to continue its mission.
Donations may also be given in memory of a loved one, in honor of a joyous event, or as a Christmas, or other gift for that person who truly "has everything."
Every gift you send will make a difference! And for that we thank you! Mail contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, 100
Charles Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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