Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark counties will be celebrating its 20th anniversary Saturday with a family picnic event on the lawn of the White Hall Historic Site from noon to 4 p.m.
The celebration will include a silent auction featuring fine-art pieces, bird houses, jewelry, quilted clothing, turned wood pieces and more. There also will be free food, music, face painting, cake walks, a Zumbathon and other fun games.
Founded in 1992, the organization has partnered with volunteers, donors and families to build “safe, decent affordable housing,” said Judy Flavell, executive director. “The affiliate looks forward to building its 100th house in the next year.”
The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has built 97 homes so far — 15 in Clark County and 82 in Madison County, she said.
House No. 98 is currently under construction on Flint Road in Waco, and three newly approved families will begin a 12-week homeowner readiness class in the fall.
Seven qualified families are on the waiting list, Flavell said. “There is an urgent need for land and building lots, especially in Richmond.”
Volunteers provide most of the labor, she said, while individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to built Habitat homes.
“Partner families invest hundreds of labor hours, or ‘sweat equity,’ into building their home and the homes of others,” Flavell said. “When Habitat works with a family to build a house, we also help build a place to belong and a place for their families to grow.”
The organization’s 1,581 volunteers include individuals, construction professionals, college groups and church members. They also serve on family selection, construction and ReStore committees.
Since 2009, every Habitat home is Energy Star-rated for efficiency. In July, Habitat built Kentucky’s first “passive house” in Berea, which is a highly energy efficient home that is well-insulated and virtually air tight, Flavell said.
“For low income families that don’t have a lot of discretionary income, energy cost is a major factor,” she said. “That is why energy efficiency in the homes we build is so important to Habitat for Humanity.”
opportunities for Habitat
The organization relies heavily on volunteers and donations to support the construction of new Habitat homes.
In 2007, the affiliate opened the Habitat ReStore in Berea. The ReStore accepts donations of household items, furniture, appliances and new and used building materials to sell at a discounted price.
Habitat offers free pick-up for those who would like to donate items. Contact the Richmond Habitat office at 625-9208 to schedule a pick-up.
Another way to raise funds for Habitat is through the Cans for Homes aluminum can recycling program, which brought in $15,000 last year and more than $77,000 to date, Flavell said.
“Can Cottage” containers are located at the Habitat office at 1417 E. Main St. in Richmond and in Berea at Union Church and the Habitat ReStore. Donations are accepted year round.
Call 625-9208 or visit habitatmadisonclark.org to find out how to get involved.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@
or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.
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