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Habitat Happenings – Spring brings much activity for Habitat (April 15, 2015 issue)

As spring brings showers and activity in our community, it has also brought activity to our Habitat for Humanity for Unicoi County office. For those who volunteer for office work, it means more phone calls, inquiries for applications and office visitors.
We are excited about the coming months for Habitat and the mission of helping deserving qualified families with safe and adequate housing.
The Annual Habitat for Humanity Market and Yard Sale is coming up April 30 through May 1 and we are in need of all kinds of items. If you are cleaning out closets or garages and have items you are not using and would like to donate to Habitat, please let us know.
If you would like to donate clothing, make sure it is clean and “spot-free,” something you would like to buy. No electronics or computers because we cannot test or have the capability to see if they work. We can use furniture, lighting and building supplies, too. If you have leftover items from a building project or are remodeling let those items go to a good cause.
Last year at the Market and Yard Sale, we raised enough money to equal a heating system for a home, so you can see this is a major fundraising event for Habitat.
We will be working to get ready for the sale on April 27, 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Centenary House on North Elm Avenue, Erwin.
Very soon we will announce our next family, who has qualified to become a Habitat homeowner. The days leading up to this announcement are exciting for the Family Services Committee.
We are also accepting applications for the future builds and A Brush with Kindness Projects for the summer. A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) is an outside project, which assists qualifying families with the exterior of their homes. This includes painting, porch repair, ramps, caulking and other outside needs. To qualify for ABWK, you must own your home, be unable to do the work yourself, be able to repay a small payment for supplies, and you must have homeowner’s insurance.
This is a great project and we are accepting applications. To get an application, call 330-6357 or email [email protected]
As we look for families around Unicoi County, we are also looking for land. The land has not been purchased or donated for a home. The volunteers working to secure land have been very busy in their search.
If you have a small plot of land that would be appropriate for a build site, please let us know. Since Habitat is a non-profit 501(3)c, any donation would be tax deductible and a deserving family would have a home.
We also can do a purchase/donate combination, which would give money to the seller and a donation also. Our office phone is 330-6357 or our email is [email protected]
All of the activities of Habitat are very important to the overall process of lending a “hand up” to a deserving family.
Since we are a volunteer organization, we are looking for volunteers to assist with all phases of the process. If you have some time and would like to volunteer, we will be glad to talk to you about the opportunities. Email us at [email protected] and we will send you a volunteer application and an interest form for you to return.
Our many thanks to all the volunteers who have so willingly given of their time and talents over the years. As we move to the next build and the next projects, our community should know that we are volunteering for a purpose – “Helping One Family, One Family at a Time.” Join us and be a part of the mission!