As we have in the past, Elkhorn Hills will be joining with area churches to build a home in Waterloo this summer. Our members will have opportunities to contribute financially to this house, to help build the house, to provide lunch to volunteers, etc. More specific information on this year’s build will be coming shortly. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about Habitat, or ReStore or if you think this is an area in which you might like to volunteer some of your time, please contact either Brett Ritter (Mission Chair), Pastor Rebecca or LuAnn Dritley.
Specialized Volunteers Needed
This year, Habitat is also looking to recruit 50 Specialized Volunteers who would work on projects outside the normal “Build” opportunities. These volunteers would possess a wide range of skills and one of these might be just right for you:
- House Dedication Coordinator – great opportunity for organized individuals with event planning skills
- Crafters and Artists – do you love Pinterest? Are you a seamstress? Do you knit or crochet? Use your talent to create unique gifts for new homeowners
- Blog Writer
- Creative Staging Associate – Creatively arrange furniture, home décor and aisle displays at Habitat ReStore
- ReStore Hospitality Associates – Join the ReStore team in making customers feel welcome when they shop ReStore.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity addresses the need for quality housing in our community. Locally, Habitat builds and renovates homes, repairs existing houses, takes down blighted structures and advocates for better laws and systems.
Since 1984, Habitat Omaha has partnered with more than 1,600 families in our community to provide affordable homeownership and home improvement opportunities. To help understand Habitat better, let’s take a look at what Habitat Omaha accomplished in 2018:
- Last year, Habitat for Humanity built or renovated 42 homes in the greater Omaha area. This includes the house in Waterloo that many Elkhorn Hills’ members worked on. One Habitat homeowner paid off her mortgage
- Volunteers served over 67,800 hours
- $524,000 in property taxes were paid by Habitat Omaha homeowners
- 63 different faith based congregations participated in some way in Habitat’s efforts • 120 home repair and improvement projects were completed, and
- Over 294,000 items were sold through Habitat ReStore.
Goals for 2019
Habitat Omaha has established some aggressive goals for 2019. These include:
- Building or renovating 56 homes in the Omaha area
- Completing repairs on 60 homes
- Completing 80 weatherization projects FREE to homeowners who qualify
- Complete 7 home repair projects for Veterans (a project funded by Home Depot; but coordinated by Habitat)
- Generate $530,000 in net revenue from Habitat ReStore.