The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

January 8, 2013

Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers

CLINTON — If your resolution for the new year is to become more involved in your community, Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County has a deal for you.   

Habitat for Humanity has been active in the county for the past 10 years, overseeing the construction of six new homes for families in need.   

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing from the face of the earth.  Habitat welcomes all people — regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference — to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter.

The Habitat organization works locally to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building and repair.

Homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to repay a mortgage and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Homeowners and volunteers build or repair under trained supervision.

Habitat is able to make housing affordable to low-income families because:

n Houses are sold through a no-profit mortgage.

n Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide vital financial support.

Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped build or repair over 500,000 houses and served over 2 million people around the world.

Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County is in need of volunteers to serve on committees to help in the areas of construction, family selection, fundraising and public relations. The time you commit to Habitat will help to make a home for a deserving family in Clinton County.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit the website at www.clintoncountyhabitat.com.  Then call Tami Ivory at 242-4494 or email to clintoncountyiowahabitat@yahoo.com.

Clinton County Habitat for Humanity Board

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