Habitat’s Caring Campaign exceeds goal

PARKERSBURG – The second annual Wood County Habitat for Humanity Caring Campaign exceeded its goal by $12,000.

The six-month campaign raised $112,000 of the $100,000 target, said Habitat development coordinator Lisa Collins.

“It was really great to see how the community supported Habitat and is willing to donate what they can to the cause,” Collins said.

In August, Alvin Phillips, executive director of Wood County Habitat for Humanity, and Michael Tucker, chairman of the campaign, announced the second year of this now-annual fundraiser.

“I want to thank the community for their wonderful support of Habitat for Humanity and our 2013-2014 campaign,” said Tucker. “Your generosity will lead to quality homes for many local and deserving residents.”

The funds raised through the campaign will aid the organization in covering costs for a number of items and services in several homes, Collins said.

“These funds will go toward many homes to make up the difference in cost of a number of projects,” she said.

Collins said this year’s campaign was more successful than the first year’s, which required a last-minute online push to reach the $100,000 goal.

“We had to squeeze the last donations out last year, but I think extending the campaign from four to six months and the fact the public knew more about it helped,” she said. “Really, the community was fantastic this year in helping us help others.”

Habitat hopes to build between four and six homes this year and are in the process of building three. There are plans to dedicate one of those homes next month.

The organization is actively seeking families in need of a good home.

Collins encourages anyone interested to visit the local Habitat website at www.woodcountyhabitat.org and look through the requirements.

“We are looking for people who want a home,” Collins said. “People often think you have to be extremely low income to buy a house from Habitat and that just isn’t true.”

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that builds or renovates homes with lower-income families who are currently living in substandard housing. After being approved, a family works “sweat equity” hours for months, helping with other homes, at the Habitat office and in other ways.