Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Something New Is Happening!
Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
Something New Is Happening!
Something new is happening at Habitat for Humanity of Washington County! It's a new web site! Wait a minute! If you don't have a computer or can't get on the Internet, there is still a message here for you! If you can get on the Internet go to www.habitat-wc.org. If not, let me tell you what you could find there.
The home page opens to tell you Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. It is a ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Working with families and volunteers of all backgrounds in equal partnership, Habitat builds homes, builds communities, and builds hope. Everyone, every last person, deserves decent shelter. It speaks to the most basic of human needs. We each have need for food, clothing, education, medical care, and companionship; but first we must have a place to live and grow.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County seeks to build lives as well as houses - That's the reason I chose to name this column "Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!"
Then there is the page on volunteerism. The driving force behind Habitat for Humanity is its volunteers - those who contribute a day, a week, a few months, or many years to give Habitat's vision a tangible form. These volunteers work alongside the family for whom the house is being built. Each family puts in 500 hours of "sweat equity" before they can purchase the house on a no-profit, no-interest loan.
Habitat needs skilled and unskilled individuals to join in building homes as well as to assist with volunteer management. The construction site is open Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 8:00 am during the building season. Special arrangements for days and times can be made for groups who would like to volunteer. No experience or tools are necessary; Habitat will provide all tools and safety equipment as well as instruction on specific tasks.
Want to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable houses without wielding a hammer? There is always a need for action-minded individuals to help on many committees! If you have interest in planning, fundraising, publicity, organizing, or one of a number of other important tasks, Habitat needs you!
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County relies on contributions from local businesses, individuals, and religious organizations. Homes are primarily funded by contributions of money and material donations.
Funds donated by generous organizations and individuals are not only used now, but are also an investment for future Habitat houses. Payments from homeowners on their no-profit, no-interest loans are placed in a local fund that is used to build more homes. By donating to Habitat you are ensuring decent housing not only for today, but also for future generations!
Since land is the single most expensive item in a Habitat home, finding land is a vital priority for us. In Washington County, the costs and challenges are increasing sharply as the price of land skyrockets. Here are ways you can help:
Full land donation. Turn vacant land into a home for a deserving family - and take a tax deduction for you (see your tax advisor)! Partial donation. Habitat pays a percentage of the value of the land and you donate the remaining value, which is tax deductible (see your tax advisor).
For more information check the web site or call Habitat at 301-791-9009.
William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.