Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity begins fundraising efforts

Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity has finished a year of work laying down its legal framework. This month, the new affiliate will hold two public meetings to rally community support for funding and building a house.

Habitat officials at each meeting will explain plans, enlist volunteers and launch the “Hundreds for Habitat” campaign to raise $100,000 in donations of $100 from 1,000 people.

“This first fundraising campaign will establish the foundation for our first year of homebuilding,” said George Volker, affiliate board president. “We hope that at least 1,000 people will join us as founding members of the Mid-Columbia affiliate, and help in any way they can to insure that families in our community have safe, decent and affordable housing.”

The kickoff events are scheduled for:

7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Rd.

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Bethel Congregational UCC, 480 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon.

All meetings are open to the public. The local affiliate needs volunteers to help it finance and build a modest home for a deserving family.

Volunteers help find and purchase a suitable lot, secure financial and material support, select a family to take ownership of the home, then work side-by-side with the future homeowner to build a house.

Homeowners invest their “sweat equity” as a down payment, then repay the cost of no-interest, no-profit mortgages. Loan payments finance future home projects.

Since 1976, the nonprofit, nondenominational Habitat for Humanity has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including about 30,000 houses across the United States.

“Everyone loves to saw boards and pound nails,” Volker said. “Just as important — and just as fun — we need help developing resources to make that happen.”

The Development Committee needs people to coordinate publicity, newsletters, brochures, a Web page, special events, volunteer and donor databases, grant writing, display development and mailings.

People with skills or interests in working on these efforts are encouraged to attend either of the sessions, or contact the Development Committee in Hood River at 541-308-0500 or in White Salmon at 509-493-3720.

To make tax-deductible contributions, send checks to:

Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity, c/o Brian Baynes, Treasurer, Box 1201 Carson, WA 98610.

To learn more, contact George Volker, president, 4460 Riordan Hill Dr., Hood River, OR 97031, 490-3994.

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