Sunday, April 10, 2011

Building homes & lives

Photo Credit: Habitat Fact Sheet

One of the most frequent questions we hear is: "I don't have a lot of money; how can I donate my time/effort instead of my wallet?"  Habitat for Humanity is one of the most prevalent resources for putting volunteers to work to benefit the community.  "Habitat for Humanity International is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live."

Habitat builds simple and affordable homes around the world using sustainable and energy-efficient materials and technology.  They strive to help those displaced by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest.  Volunteers can donate their time and expertise in their local community, during the week-long annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, or on a volunteer trip abroad through the Global Village Program.  The homes built are not a handout -- homeowners invest sweat equity, hundreds of hours building their home and the homes of others in the program, along with a down payment and monthly mortgage payments which go to fund other Habitat homes under construction.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people.

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