Not Just A Hammer
Habitat for Humanity is not just about banging nails into wood and not about giving homes to the poor, it's about giving “a hand up” to low-income families. Habitat families have to put 500 hours of “sweat equity” into building their home and, like other home owners, they make monthly payments on a mortgage. Habitat for Humanity provides an interest free mortgage and sells the home to a selected family at a discount on the fair market value of the home.
More than a Foundation
Before a foundation is constructed for a Habitat house, another foundation has to be built. Money to build has to be raised through raffles, grants and other fundraising activities. Building materials need to be acquired through donations. People have to spend time advertising and selecting a suitable needy working family from a score of applicants. Other people have to select a site for the home and devise plans that fit the size and needs of the selected family. Groups need to keep track of volunteers building the house and after the house is built, support the family as they learn to become homeowners.
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How You Can Help
There are several different committees that make up Habitat for Humanity. We are always looking for more volunteers to join up and help build the community. The active committees currently are: Building, Fund Raising, Grant Seeking, Faith Relations, Public Relations, Family Partnering, Volunteer Coordination, Safety and First Aid, and Membership. If you are interested in helping to provide a hand up to families in need, please fill out our volunteer form or contact us.