Each year Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta builds a home for a qualified family who is living in substandard housing within the North Augusta and Edgefield areas. The partner is chosen and vetted with the assistance of community members such as local churches and businesses such as Security Federal Bank, without whom HfHNA would not be successful.
Contrary to popular opinion, Habitat for Humanity does not provide free housing. Each selected partner is required to participate in the actual construction process of the home alongside the many volunteers. The partner also is required to qualify for a 20-year mortgage, albeit interest-free. HfHNA has built 14 houses, thus far helping 14 families move into more adequate housing and become more productive members of the community.
To continue our ministry, we need continued support from our community. First, we need help in identifying those families who are living in substandard housing. Second, we would be most appreciative of any financial and service donations, land opportunities and volunteers interested in construction. Habitat for Humanity North Augusta is staffed solely by nonpaid volunteers from the top down, which means nearly 100 percent of all contributions go toward the ministry for helping neighbors who otherwise cannot afford adequate housing. HfHNA recently was named a 2012 South Carolina Angel for being a top-10 efficient and effective charity within the state.
If you wish to volunteer or contribute, you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 613-0305 and leave a message.
(The writer coordinates community relations for Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta.)