Generous donor helps Habitat thrive |

Generous donor helps Habitat thrive

Dear Editor:

We want to thank Jim Calaway …

Well known for his humble attitude and generous contributions to humanitarian organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley, Jim Calaway of Carbondale was awarded the “Habitat’s Hero Award” for his five years of inspiring support by Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley at the affiliates’ annual Christmas party in December.

Mr. Calaway gratefully accepted the award and admitted to making contributions to the Houston affiliate as well, where one of his sons is involved with Habitat work. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Calaway pledged to contribute dollar for dollar up to $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity RFV. This was preceded by five years of other donations made to Habitat for Humanity RFV as well as being instrumental in starting our Pillar program, which recognizes donors who donate $1,000 or more per year to our building efforts. Mr. Calaway’s generosity fueled a year of significant activity for the local affiliate.

In October 2010, three homeowners were handed keys to their new Habitat homes on a small street in Rifle named Calaway Way. The street name is in honor of the man who helped make their dreams a reality. Each house at Rim Rock achieved better than average HERS scores (home energy ratings) as compared to the national average. The final house at Rim Rock even achieved what is thought to be the lowest HERS in all of Garfield County with a score of zero! (A low score in energy terms is a good thing as a zero means the house is 100 percent more efficient than the standard U.S. home!)

So, this house is designed so well that it will generate more energy than it uses. Through a variety of green building techniques including extra caulking, more insulation, a tank-less water heater, energy efficient light bulbs, and solar panels, the homes located on Calaway Way have exceeded expectations and are paving the way for innovation in the green building trade.

Thanks to Mr. Calaway’s generous donation, Habitat RFV was able to raise even greater funds during the course of the annual winter fundraising as donors were excited by the fact that their money was going further this year. As a result of Mr. Calaway’s pledge, Habitat for Humanity RFV is now preparing to break ground in Silt for a two-duplex project that will assist four local families in need of adequate housing. His challenge grant is still in force and Mr. Calaway as well as an anonymous donor will match any donation in the coming months. So, since all Habitat operational costs, prior to building materials and land, are covered by the ReStore … all donations are utilized 100 percent for buying building materials and land. So, each dollar donated becomes a full $3 in our building fund.

Thanks to Mr. Calaway’s kindness Habitat is thriving and helping more family’s than we ever imagined. Habitat’s future has never been brighter. Thank you, Jim.

Crystal Wanner

Volunteer coordinator,

Habitat for Humanity,

Roaring Fork Valley

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