Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! "Thanks, Mr. Cooper!"

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
"Thanks, Mr. Cooper!"

"Thanks, Mr. Cooper!" That's what I heard several volunteers say recently at a Habitat home construction site.
The occasion was when Bill Cooper, of Diversified Earthworks, appeared on the job site with several loads of topsoil. With his company's equipment, he moved earth, sifted and spread the soil in preparation for seeding. The volunteers normally doing this work with shovel and rake were very appreciative. What he was able to accomplish in about a dozen hours would have taken them several days.
Bill Cooper is an example of what other contractors and material vendors are doing to help Habitat for Humanity of Washington County provide decent, affordable homes to families in need.
But to keep up with the growing need in Washington County, as land costs, building fees and building materials keep increasing, Habitat needs more businesses to make this type of commitment. Habitat appreciates what the current group is doing, and is asking others to share in this great project of providing affordable housing to hard-working, low-income families.
The local Habitat affiliate has touched many lives in Washington County. It has helped families to achieve the dream of home ownership. Though increased costs present new challenges, Habitat for Humanity has not changed its belief that everyone deserves a simple, decent, affordable place to live and raise a family. Habitat is continuing to empower low-income families, by partnering with them to build homes. Its program requires the families to work 500 "sweat-equity" hours alongside volunteers to build that home. Then they are allowed to purchase it at no-profit, zero-interest loan, 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- in their health, education, and outlook on life's possibilities.
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; blacktop; block; concrete; siding; drywall; top soil; electrical and plumbing supplies, and anything else you can think of in house construction.
Contractors and material vendors willing to help out may contact Habitat for Humanity of Washington County at 301-791-9009 or habitatsharon1@verizon.net.
Once again, "Thanks, Mr. Cooper," and all other vendors and contractors, for your great contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County.

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