Year-long campaign benefits Habitat for Humanity


By Cory Johnson - For the Expositor



The 10th Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County home completed in Wauseon is that of, from left, Meagan, Kim and Tyson Helmke.


To celebrate their 10 years in the area, Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County is kicking off a new year-long campaign.

The online Have a Heart for Humanity tool allows donors to give any gift amount toward the organization’s year-end goal of $10,000 and provides a way to track the support along the way. Donors may honor, memorialize or dedicate their contribution, choose a heart on the grid, upload a photo (if desired), or remain anonymous.

Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide simple, decent, and affordable housing for families who demonstrate a need and desire to better their environments.

Families must first meet certain criteria to be accepted into the program. Once accepted, families participate in educational classes about budgeting, home ownership and saving, and also invest numerous hours of labor (called sweat equity) into building their home and other Habitat projects. Habitat homes are not free; every Habitat family who finishes the program becomes a homeowner and is required to make monthly mortgage payments on zero interest home loans.

Much of the build supplies and labor are provided at either a discount or donation, keeping the cost of the build low for the Habitat affiliate. Mortgage payments are used to help build more Habitat homes.The work of volunteers, partner families, and business partners is the foundation of Habitat’s success.

To cap off its 10 year history, the organization recently finished their 10th home in Wauseon and hopes to see even more success in the next decade. Other Habitat sponsored events have included the annual Holiday Home Tour, a 5K run, and events at various restaurants throughout the county.

“We have built 17 homes throughout the county and served 22 families. Of those families, almost 50 children have been provided safe, secure environments to grow up in,” said Heidi Kern, Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County Executive Director.

They also completed their first home repair project last year, serving another family with one child. Also, they have sold a home to Sara’s Garden, providing a 0 percent interest mortgage to keep their cost low, and that home is used to further their mission with temporary housing for their clients.

More information on volunteer opportunities and upcoming events can be found on the Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County, Ohio Facebook page. Have a Heart for Humanity donations can be directed to https://www.givinggrid.com/HaveAHeartForHabitat.

The 10th Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County home completed in Wauseon is that of, from left, Meagan, Kim and Tyson Helmke.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/02/web1_Helmke-Family.jpgThe 10th Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County home completed in Wauseon is that of, from left, Meagan, Kim and Tyson Helmke.

By Cory Johnson

For the Expositor

Reach Cory Johnson at fcenews@civitasmedia.com

Reach Cory Johnson at fcenews@civitasmedia.com

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