Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives: And the walls went up...

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives
And the walls went up...

Saturday, June 24 was a big day in the life of one family whose home had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It was the day volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Washington County put up the walls for their new home in Hagerstown. This was made possible by a $65,000 grant from First Data Western Union Foundation. This was a portion of a $550,000 grant this organization provided to build homes for hurricane evacuees relocating to cities throughout the United States where the company does business. First Data employees will work as construction volunteers with Habitat to help build eight homes.
This project is the second Habitat for Humanity of Washington County house sponsored by First Data. "We are so grateful for First Data," said Sherry Brown-Cooper, Executive Director for the local Habitat chapter. "First Data and its employees do so much to improve the communities in which they work and live."
About 40 volunteers from First Data and the Sunrise Rotary Club reported to the site on Berner Avenue to get the construction underway. By day's end, the exterior walls were in place and work had begun on the roof.
Habitat touches lives! When people reach out to help others, they change lives. And when they help a family achieve the dream of owning a home, they cause a change that's truly profound.
Perhaps your family has a dream--the desire, the need, to own a home. Or perhaps, you as an individual or part of a group want to help others reach out for their dreams. Now is the time to act, the time to step forward and help build something that serves human needs and lifts human spirits, changing lives for years to come.
But, building a home for a family doesn't "just happen." This is a teamwork effort. It takes more than the family, more than the volunteers, more than the Habitat organization. It needs partners! It needs you!
Here's the common thread: You care about others. You want to reward personal initiative. You want to work with a family of people who are ready and willing to work hard to achieve homeownership.
Check out the opportunities and requirements for being a partner and/or for sponsoring a home. Most of all consider the benefits. Consider the satisfaction that comes from helping others. Sponsors may be individuals, groups, churches, businesses...anyone! For more information call Sherry Brown Cooper at the local Habitat office, 301-791-9009. She will tell you how you may become a partner with Habitat and how it will benefit you!

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