Letter: A new year for Habitat
What a wonderful community and place to live, filled with generous and supportive people.
On behalf of our Habitat families, I want to thank the many people of the Roaring Fork Valley for helping us lend a hand up.
Whether it was swinging a hammer on the construction site, writing a check to help us purchase building materials or shopping at one of our ReStores, your support has made a significant impact in our community and in the lives of the partner families we’ve served in 2014. We were able to complete homes with three partner families, and our ReStore ended the year as one of the top 10 in the nation. All of this was possible only through the generosity and support of our donors, partners and volunteers. Habitat also would like to thank The Aspen Times for its continued widespread coverage of our organization. We are appreciative of the ability to share our mission of building homes, building hope and building community in our valley in partnership with local hardworking families who want to experience the American Dream of owning a home.
As we head into 2015, we are on track to complete four more homes (along with an Aspen duplex home in the works).
We are continuously looking to increase our volume of volunteers as we build more homes in partnership with local hardworking families! We have found that people are looking for an organization with volunteer hours that fit their schedules, where they receive an experience that is worth sharing with others and can see a tangible impact at the end of the day. We are fortunate to live in a community where volunteers are passionate about affordable housing and lending a hand up, not a handout.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer at our two ReStores — the annex at 120 Midland Ave., and our boutique/warehouse at 7025 Highway 82 — and our building sites in Carbondale. We invite you to visit our website at http://www.habitatroaringfork.org to sign up to volunteer, meet our families and make a monetary donation, 100 percent of which goes back into our building fund because our ReStore covers all of our affiliate, staff and ReStore expenses. And now that Habitat for Humanity has been designated as an enterprise zone for economic development, donors are eligible for an additional 25 percent state tax credit. Donate today on our website.
Volunteer coordinator, Habitat for Humanity
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