Habitat ready to recognize first volunteer

PARKERSBURG – The first Habitat for Humanity volunteer will be in Parkersburg next month, an announcement made to coincide with the celebration of World Habitat Day on Monday.

Clive Rainey will be at C.J.’s Italian Kitchen at 6 p.m. Nov. 4, said Alvin Phillips, executive director of Wood County Habitat for Humanity, will celebrate Rainey

Rainey is an Army veteran and teacher and is credited as the first Habitat volunteer in 1977. He fostered the concept of “sweat equity” for Habitat.

Rainey worked with the organization for many years in several capacities, both in the U.S. and around the world.

Originally from Americus, Ga., he is retired in Guatemala where he continues to build. He is known for inspiring, motivational presentations sharing his experiences with Habitat, Phillips said.

“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Rainey join us here in Parkersburg, and we look forward to hearing his stories and being blessed by his dedication to Habitat,” Phillips said.

Joe Campbell, market president for the Parkersburg region of Wesbanco, will emcee the Nov. 4 event and share his history with Habitat. Awards will also be given to this year’s Habitat supporters.

There is no charge for the dinner, however, donations will be accepted to support Habitat. Seating is limited to 100 and invitations are being distributed this week.

Rainey also will speak at a luncheon at a Habitat build site and at a local church. Call Habitat for more information at 304 422-7907.

Volunteer information and more details on applying to be a Habitat homeowner may also be found at www.woodcountyhabitat.org.

World Habitat Day was established the first Monday in October by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the basic need for adequate shelter in a world where it is lacking for so many.

Anyone interested in becoming homeowners can visit the Wood County site at www.woodcountyhabitat.org to complete a housing interest form. Someone from the local Habitat office will follow up and interview the family to determine eligibility.

Wood County Habitat also is working on two houses.