Dutchess Habitat Kicks Off 2013 Volunteer Campaign - Daily Hudson Valley News

Dutchess Habitat Kicks Off 2013 Volunteer Campaign

Dec 29th, 2012 | By | Category: In Your Town


We build homes.  What do you build?  Two Habitat homes are going up in Dutchess County in 2013 and the Habitat affiliate is extending an invitation for new volunteers. The stage is set for Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County to recruit volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talent on construction sites as well as with various committees that do not involve construction.

Habitat is offering this opportunity to all Dutchess County residents who wish support the elimination of substandard housing in Dutchess County.  We also remind everyone of the importance of volunteering and making volunteer service a regular part of our lives.  Current volunteers will be campaigning in the community to raise awareness and hand out volunteer recruitment packages. A commitment to Habitat Dutchess is a commitment to the working poor.

“Our community was built on the principal of volunteerism and now is an exciting time to continue that principal as Habitat continues to build more than houses”, said incoming President Peter Carr of Marshall and Sterling. “We are seeking volunteers who have experience in the home building industry to help lead the effort this year.  We are also in need of lesser skilled volunteers who can assist in planning and other related tasks.  There is a spot for everyone, from swinging a hammer to food service to fundraising.”

David Mack, GE Capital, Board President, expressed his excitement about the growth in Dutchess County’s Habitat for Humanity service.  “In addition to 2 builds in 2013 we recently completed a blitz build during Hurricane Sandy and our home owner celebrated Christmas in her new home.  We have houses, we have families and now we need YOU to make them a home.

Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County is a non-profit organization, based on Christian principals, and welcomes people of all faiths or no faith that support the mission of eliminating substandard housing. Habitat homes are funded by local donors and are built by volunteers and partner families from the community. The homes are sold at no profit with a 0% interest, 20 year loan to partner families who qualify.  Qualifying families must also donate 400 hours of “Sweat Equity” to their home and other Habitat projects.

Habitat for Humanity builds houses and so much more.  A Habitat house build site opens a door to a home and to a world of opportunity. Laying a foundation transforms a neighborhood. Installing a window gives clear vision of the future. Renovating a home renews an entire neighborhood.  Habitat for Humanity asks, “What will you build in 2013?” come work with us to transform our community, one home at a time.

To learn how you can volunteer to help build with Habitat call the office at 845/475-9336 or email .  You can also register to volunteer on our website at www.habitatofdutchess.org.


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