Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 10, 2014

Greenup Habitat to break ground again

Organization to begin work on third house

Flatwoods — After several postponements caused by harsh winter weather, leaders of Greenup County Habitat for Humanity are hoping for sunny skies and warm weather next week as they break ground for the local organization’s third house.

A brief groundbreaking ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at 929 Vallance St.

As with all Habitat projects, volunteers will do most of the construction on the home, with the family for whom it is being built putting in at least 1,000 hours in “sweat equity.”

Habitat will sell the completed home at cost to the family through an interest-free loan that makes the home affordable for working families of modest means. The family that will live in the house would unlikely be unable to affford a home of its own without the help of Habitat, an international organization that has “Building Houses ... Building Hope” as its motto.

Michael Garlinger, construction coordinator for Greenup County Habitat, said groundbreaking is just the first step in building the home. How quickly it can be built will largely depend on how many volunteers the local Habitat can get to work on the construction.

One does not have to be a skilled carpenter to help with construction. Regardless of one’s level of skill, Habitat will find something for everyone to do, and some may even learn new skills by working on the project.

To help assure enough volunteers, Garlinger said Habitat  hopes to hear from churches, civic groups or clubs who could sponsor workdays or specific projects. And individual volunteers are welcome.

“No project is too small, and every hour of volunteer time is deeply appreciated,” Garlinger said.   

Greenup County Habitat hosts a multitude of fundraising projects, partners with many community agencies and accepts monetary contributions of any amount to help cover the cost of construction, Garlinger said. Funding covers building materials and technical work, such as air conditioning/heating, plumbing and electrical.  

Contributions can be mailed to GCHFH, P.O. Box 905, Greenup, KY 41144, or made through PayPal at greenupcountyhabitat.org.

One can also visit the website to volunteer or post comments. For more information, call Garlinger at (606) 922-1590.


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