Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2001

A cause worthy of our support


January 18, 2001

This spring, Douglas County Habitat for Humanity will build its first house in Eudora.

The organization has built several Habitat homes in the Lawrence area. A lack of donated land outside the Lawrence area kept the organization from branching out to other areas.

The Eudora City Council helped solve that problem by offering to sell a small lot to Habitat for Humanity for the price of $1.

That was the first step in making the local project a success.

Now organizers are asking the rest of the community to get involved.

Last summer, Eudora resident Karen Williams was selected as the recipient of the home. Williams currently raises her three grandchildren and cares for three other children in a small mobile home.

Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit organization that uses volunteer labor. It sells homes to low-income recipients at cost and with no interest. Recipients must also help with the labor, by contributing 350-375 hours of work on their future home or other Habitat projects.

With the land secured and the family selected, the next step is to begin raising the remaining $33,000 it will cost to build the home.

Building materials valued at $22,000 have already been donated by local contractors. The total cost of the house is $55,000. Organizers hope to have the money raised and be ready to build by the spring.

Although they have had plenty of offers to help with the labor, they are still looking for monetary donations.

To that end, they have planned many fundraisers for the coming months. A complete list of events can be found in a related story in today's Eudora News.

We hope the community will come together and make the fundraising efforts a success.

The Habitat organization has helped countless families across the country realize the dream of owning their own home. But the organization relies heavily on the communities it serves.

The home planned for Eudora gives residents an opportunity to help one of its own.

Eudora has more than its share of community spirit. Let's work together on this project and show the Williams family and the country what our community is made of.

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