What are the two hardest things to do these days in my life?
I am trying to decide what to do in
retired life and what to write for the rototiller. Well, I decided to answer both at one
time. I am now spending most of my spare
time working for our local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Richard Kidd asked me to join the board and
they made me the treasurer. My wife also
volunteers on Thursday and enjoys talking to all the people that come in to
shop at our Restore. Thatís better than
talking to me.
Our chapter has really changed from the first time I
volunteered to build the first two homes in Forest Grove. We have enough money now to build the next
two homes on our schedule. We have the
Restore outlet that we hope will provide enough money for another home. We feel we need from $30,000 to $50,000 in
cash to build the home plus the volunteer labor and all the donation of
materials we receive from the community and firms in the area.
Do you realize the building fees for a low income home is in
excess of $23,000 per home?
Our annual Gala in February has been our most successful
fund raiser. It raised enough funds two
years ago to buy a lot where we will build 5 new homes. Last year enough money was donated to build
the street in front of the 5 homes. So,
in the month of December, we will pick up the permits to build the 5 homes. You can go south on Oak street off Pacific
Avenue to 19th Avenue and see our site on the northeast corner.
We are now in the
phase of organizing our volunteers and accepting donations of materials to
start the first two homes. We hope to be
pounding nails this spring.
Our biggest need at this time is for volunteers at the Restore. You can volunteer for a half day each week or
more however your schedule permits.
Our chapter (West Tuality Habitat for Humanity) is having a
Christmas Concert at the UCC church on Dec. 3 at 3:00 pm. It is a great way to get into the Christmas
spirit with the Westside Singers.
Donations are accepted at that time.
West Tuality Habitat for Humanity is a great way to
volunteer and donate money as it stays local and helps part of our community
that canít normally afford housing.
Think about it.