Habitat fundraiser to be first event
What better way to christen Newnan’s state-of–the-art, new convention center than by attending Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity’s “Building Better Communities” luncheon.
Attendees of the event will get a first glimpse of the Newnan Centre and celebrate the accomplishments of the partnerships of local businesses, civic leaders and members of the community.
According to Andy Ivey, development director for Newnan-Coweta Habitat, “This is not just a fund-raising event, but a friend-raising event.”
He emphasized the event will be an opportunity to raise funds for the internationally-known, non-profit organization, as well as an opportunity to discover other ways of supporting an organization that has partnered with local families to provide suitable housing in the Newnan-Coweta area since 1994.
Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). In addition to building new homes, Habitat renovates and repairs existing ones.
Since there are so many foreclosures due to the economic downturn, banks have actually donated foreclosed properties. The renovation of these homes helps both the new homeowners and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Individuals and local businesses have donated surplus building supplies to be used or sold at the Habitat’s building thrift store, The ReStore. The proceeds from this thrift store go back into the program.
For those who want to be involved by swinging a hammer, there are ample opportunities to volunteer labor. Corporate donors and individuals provide the majority of the funds and materials to build Habitat houses, but the partner families provide the “sweat equity,” investing at least 300 hours in the building of their home or other Habitat houses.
Completed houses are sold to needy families at market value, with no interest, and with affordable monthly payments. The new home owner’s mortgage payments are absorbed into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is then used to help other low income families in need of suitable housing.
Partner families not only provide “sweat equity” toward building their own home, but also are given the opportunity to “pay forward” the benevolence bestowed upon them by helping with future Habitat homes.
When asked how the proceeds from the 2014 Fundraiser Kick-Off Campaign would be used, Ivey stated, “We have had over 100 families attend informational classes about Habitat homeownership in the last year, which is a great indicator of interest and demand for our services.”
Families are screened in order to determine their need for decent and safe housing, their willingness to participate in the program, and their ability to repay the interest- free, affordable loan. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing partner families.
Habitat for Humanity International is in more than 1,700 cities in North America and has more than 600 active affiliates internationally. It is a non-profit, world-wide, Christian housing organization whose origins began here in Georgia. Its headquarters is located in the south Georgia town of Americas.
The “Building Better Communities” luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. on June 27 at the Newnan Centre, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road. A delicious meal will be served as well as a large helping of laughter from one of America’s top comediennes, Anita Renfroe.
The comic is best known for her viral YouTube video, “Total Momsense” which includes motherly clichés to the tune of the William Tell Overture, and for her appearances on television shows like “Good Morning America, “Dr.Phil,” “The Early Show,” “Inside Edition” and many more.
For tickets or more information, contact Andy Ivey at 770-252-9049, extension 15, or firstname.lastname@example.org.