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Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area Charity In Lake Charles Louisiana

Habitat For Humanity Calcasieu Area

 Lake Charles     Louisiana

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Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area Charity Profile

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends. Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu works in partnership with God, the community, and people in need by building and renovating homes to make affordable housing a matter of conscience and action. Our Service Area Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis Parishes How did it all start? Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and is headquartered in Americus, Georgia. The Calcasieu Area affiliate of HFHI was founded in 1992. Affiliates are local 501(c)(3) organizations of HFHI that direct house-building work in their own communities. There are over 1,500 U.S. affiliates in all 50 states, with an international presence in 90 countries. Who manages Habitat? There are ten members of the Board of Directors, representing many different professional areas and each committed to the mission of Habitat. A professional staff manages the daily operations of the affiliate. How does it work? Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates safe, affordable houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses and further the mission of the affiliate. A 'Hand Up'-Not a 'Hand Out' Habitat is not a give-away program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, each homeowner family invests at least 300 hours of their own labor ("sweat equity") into the building of their home, the homes of others, and other HFHCA activities. How does Habitat fund its building and program activity? Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area invites individuals, corporations, foundations, religious congregations, or other organizations to partner or sponsor a Habitat home for families in need and to contribute to overall building and program activity. Through this partnership, sponsors supply funds to cover the cost of materials, construction costs, and other fees and taxes. They also provide volunteers to work side by side with the homeowner family and with other Habitat volunteers, skilled and unskilled. Grants supply some income, usually for specific projects. The single largest source of funds comes from homeowners' payments. House notes go into a fund - Fund for Humanity- that is used to further the mission of eliminating substandard housing. Calcasieu Area Habitat Tithe Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area contributes a percentage to Habitat International for international housing needs each time a Calcasieu Area home is completed. The tithe from Calcasieu Area has been designated to be used for building habitat homes in the El Salvador.

Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area Volunteer Information

Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area is a volunteer-driven organization. With minimal staff, Habitat depends on volunteer involvement in construction and other aspects of the organization to further our mission of ending poverty housing. Habitat seeks both skilled and unskilled construction volunteers. Skilled construction volunteers assist staff members in directing small groups of volunteers on the build site. Since most construction tasks require only a desire to learn and ability work well with others, we encourage all willing volunteers, regardless of skill level, to come on site and learn from our more seasoned builders. Non-construction help is also needed on the build site with hospitality and registration. Volunteer construction days are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturdays 8:00 am to 3:00 pm as scheduled. Individuals: Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area offers opportunities for you to experience each phase of home building, from framing walls to landscaping. We make every effort to include all willing volunteers who are at least 16 years old, regardless of skill level. Groups: Habitat welcomes groups from businesses, churches, and other organizations to volunteer on our construction sites. Groups can vary in size, and we do our best to accommodate any special requests. We ask groups to provide a leader to facilitate communication between your group and our staff. National Women Build Week is held the week prior to Mother’s Day, because of its significance to Habitat homeowners and volunteers. Families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing. More than 12 million children - one in six - live in poverty housing in the United States alone. This Mother’s Day season, women volunteers will raise their hammers at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 5-13, 2012. The event is a nationwide initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s. Now in its fifth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to creating simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. Nearly 31,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in the previous four events. Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area, Inc. will be building on Thursday, May 10th through Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:00AM-3:00PM each day. Women from across Southwest Louisiana will be raising their hammers at 4109 Harvard Street, Lake Charles, LA 70607. Volunteers are needed for Construction, Volunteer Sign In/Out, Food and Beverage Assistance during breakfast and lunch. To participate in Women Build call Monique at 337-497-0129 or email. Lowe’s contributed more than $1.3 million to National Women Build Week, providing $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to 275 Habitat affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s conducts “how-to” clinics at stores to teach women construction skills, enabling them to support Habitat projects across the country.

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