Habitat for Humanity Builds on Success with 24th Home
After dedicating a home in September, Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County will begin construction on its 24th home on January 6, 2024. This new home will be in Guyton, adjacent to the home that was just completed.
“We are excited to build on the momentum generated from completing our last build by launching straight into the next one,” says Jimmy Rutland, President/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County. “Our new partner family is looking forward to beginning their journey to homeownership.”
Volunteering to build a home has tangible benefits for volunteers and for the family that will reside there. Here are a few benefits to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity:
People come together to build Habitat homes from all walks of life. Teaming up for a common cause can help reveal other things that you have in common and set the foundation for a new friendship. You might also get to meet the people who will call this house their home! Habitat homeowners are heavily involved in the construction process, completing 250 hours of “sweat equity” by volunteering their time.
There’s nothing like learning a new skill to keep your mind fresh. Not everyone who volunteers is an expert at construction, but there are plenty of volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge! You’ll leave the build site with the ability to wield a nail gun, swing a hammer efficiently and so much more. You can use those skills to do a DIY project in your own home.
By volunteering at a Habitat build site, you will feel a lasting connection to the community where you live. Every time you drive by the home, you’ll remember that you helped build it.
Life isn’t easy, but we can do our part to support our neighbors. A Habitat home is a hand up, not a handout, for families who are struggling to access safe and affordable housing. Having a stable home translates to better outcomes for families in our community, from better grades for students, increased financial stability for parents and safer neighborhoods for everyone.
“We appreciate any support toward our mission of attainable homeownership whether it’s through volunteering at the build site or through monetary or in-kind contributions,” Rutland says.
Sign up to join the volunteer team by visiting habitatec.org.