Volunteers work on Habitat house
CENTREVILLE — Builders put in another day of volunteer work Saturday, Sept. 16, on the Habitat for Humanity home under construction in Centreville. On Little Kidwell Avenue workers are building five days a week, says board member Ralph Brome.
Tuckahoe Habitat for Humanity’s mission is “to work in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop housing solutions for low-income families to live in affordable, safe, comfortable, and sustainable homes through: building new homes, rehabbing existing homes, doing repairs, weatherizations, and energy upgrades, so that there are decent houses available, in decent communities, in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.”
Earlier that week a group of students from the western shore had come over to volunteer, as had the Department of Corrections early release program. Partners from Catholic University were working the same day on a build in Denton, said Brome, there are currently two houses under construction there. Washington College in Chestertown and Rutgers University also has groups that partner regularly with Tuckahoe Habitat, Brome said.
“No skills are needed,” he said, “and a lot of teaching is involved.” But Tuckahoe Habitat encourages volunteers of all skill level to participate. Individuals Terri Spence, Cheryl Smieja, Kelsey Merkel, Sandy Holicky, Ted Lazo and Danielle Morrison, all participated in the Saturday’s build.
Drop-in volunteers are always welcome, said Brome, but larger groups are encouraged to make plans ahead.
Tuckahoe Habitat also has funds available to do energy audits, energy upgrades and weatherization for low to moderate income families who own their homes in Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties at little or no cost to the family. This may include — weather stripping, CFL Lighting, heating and A/C, appliances, insulation, windows, and storm doors.
Moderate income for a family of four in Caroline County is considered $61,700 and in Queen Anne’s is $72,750. Tuckahoe Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in both counties while providing opportunities for home ownership for low income families in dire need of adequate housing. Families must be working and be able to re-pay a mortgage, as well as contribute “sweat equity” to other builds, said Brome.
For more information on how to volunteer or to receive an application call 410-479-9200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From left, volunteers Terri Spence, Cheryl Smieja, Kelsey Merkel, Sandy Holicky, Ted Lazo, Ralph Brome, and Danielle Morrison (on the second floor) work to complete a house in Centreville.
Volunteer Ted Lazo measures boards for the Habitat for Humanity build project in Centreville.