Words by Melissa McGavock | Photography by Landi Whitefield Photography
“No one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.”
Hood County’s Habitat for Humanity enters its 23rd year in August and after building homes for more than 100 families, there is no end in sight for this dynamic, life-changing organization. Worldwide, Habitat for Humanity has made immeasurable differences in the lives of almost 7 million people and there is an unmistakable impact that giving back has on its volunteers. With the construction of new homes, renovation of existing homes and a whole-hearted investment in our communities, Habitat breathes new life into many families who simply need a leg up. This principle is practiced with every single build, and also right here in Hood County.
At the core of Habitat for Humanity are the volunteers. These individuals are made up of student groups, church organizations, business employees, veteran associations and retirees. If you ask any volunteer what it is they find most fulfilling, they will tell you it’s about putting on that hard hat and doing work that actually means something. Some volunteers would swear Dedication Day, the ceremony when the family receives their key and enters their own home for the first time, is a spiritual experience.
Affordable housing is an issue in Hood County for many families. The volunteers at Habitat are doing their best to build homes and hope. At this time, there are two homes under construction and many volunteer opportunities on site. Additionally, a new home construction will begin in one month and there will be work to do through May, 2019 (Habitat for Humanity breaks in the summer and picks back up every September). There’s room for everyone at Hood County Habitat for Humanity and with continued community support for this worthy organization, together we can make a positive change now and for future generations.
VOLUNTEER TO BUILD TOGETHER
Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm
Lunch is served every workday to the volunteers and families.
NOT ABLE TO VOLUNTEER?
Lunch is donated by individuals and groups
(churches, community organizations, local businesses, as well as small social groups, like bridge and golf clubs)
More information for volunteers and for families is available on the website. habitatofhoodcounty.org