(GETTYSBURG, PA – September 14, 2016)—A “Blitz Build” is planned at Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s newest building site, located at 39 Franklin Street, Biglerville—September 22, 23 and 24, September 29 and 30, and October 1—bringing together a volunteer community workforce to begin constructing a home for a deserving area family.
Volunteers are welcome during this period of intense building, designed to jump-start construction of a new single-family, one-story home—the nonprofit organization’s 39th home within the county. Core volunteers are supplied by the congregations of 14 covenant churches in Adams County, however additional volunteers are always welcome.
To volunteer, complete a volunteer form found on the organization’s website, habitatadamspa.org and/or contact Bob Remaley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer hours during the Blitz Build generally run from 8 am through 3 pm, depending on the weather. Snacks and lunches are provided by partnering covenant churches.
“Our Habitat chapter is unique in that we are not focused on just one community,” according to Pete Ricker, President of Adams County Habitat. “Instead, our goal is to provide housing to hard-working, deserving families throughout the entire county, so it’s wonderful to focus on Biglerville for our next project.”
“Our partner families normally cannot qualify for other forms of housing assistance,” Ricker explains. “Yet they would otherwise slip through the cracks and fall into a cycle of reliance on rental properties, if it weren’t for the helping hand of Habitat for Humanity, following the model established by this incredible Christian-based non-profit.”
Since its inception in 1988, Adams County Habitat has provided 38 homes built by community volunteers to low-income families, who otherwise might not own homes, in various locations in Gettysburg Borough, several townships surrounding Gettysburg, plus Biglerville and Arendtsville. This fall’s Blitz Build commences work on the non-profit organization’s 39th home within the county.
Adams County Habitat for Humanity offers interest-free mortgages to families who qualify. A Habitat family makes monthly mortgage payments, but the family only reimburses Habitat for the actual cost of building the house. Habitat makes no profit. Potential partner families are invited to submit applications—available online at www.habitatadamspa.org.
The majority of each Habitat home’s construction is completed by volunteers, side-by-side with partner Habitat families, as well as skilled laborers—many of whom donate or discount their services. Costs are kept as low as possible so that homes are affordable to partner families. To offer professional services or donate supplies, please contact Adams County Habitat at 717-334-5557.
To follow the Blitz Build’s construction progress from the ground up, check the Adams County Habitat for Humanity Facebook page for updates.
Adams County Habitat for Humanity, a 501 (c) (3), follows the vision of Habitat for Humanity International: A world where everyone has a decent place to live. And the mission of Habitat for Humanity International is as follows: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
The Adams County chapter is one of nearly 1,500 affiliate chapters throughout the U.S. and one of 2,050 Habitat for Humanity chapters world-wide. This nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry has provided homes to more than 1 million families, representing 5 million people, since being founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976.