Help build new home

Written by David B. Still April 09, 2012 06:15 pm

March is here and it is time to begin thinking about spring and new growth. 

We here at Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity, Inc. have been working hard preparing to build a new home in La Grande this year.

Our family selection committee has reviewed the applicants and the board selected a widow with seven children, Pauline Linde, to partner with for our next build. Her deceased husband, Allan Linde, used to work for Grande Ronde Hospital.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of planning that goes into finding and coordinating all of the volunteers that make up the workforce necessary to complete the build.

Often, church groups or social organizations will volunteer to take on tasks such as painting, insulating or maybe landscaping the place. Some may volunteer to prepare meals for the other workers. 

All in all, this is a very complex undertaking that is done with local folks who all donate their time and talents in service to their community.

If you are in a spot where you might consider volunteering, we would love to hear from you. Give us a call 541-963-4794.

We also need volunteers for building construction, volunteer recruitment, grant-writing and fundraising.

In order to better inform and communicate with the community and each other we have developed a website: www.unioncounty-habitat.org.

This site will provide a vehicle for sharing information about who we are and how you can get involved. In addition, it will also provide a method for receiving financial donations electronically.

Many of you have had the opportunity to shop or make donations at our Habitat ReStore. The ReStore is a great place to drop off your reusable building materials, including furniture and appliances. And, with spring coming, now is the time to go through your basement and receive a tax-deductible donation for your efforts. (check the website for store hours and acceptable donations).

Revenue generated from the ReStore is used to build more houses and these dollars are invested locally and support our communities. Also, items donated to the ReStore help reduce our load on the landfill. You might keep an eye out for our ReStore van that was recently acquired through local donations. It helps a lot with pickups and deliveries. 

The ReStore is always in need of volunteers to help in its operation. You can volunteer anywhere from a couple of hours to as much as you would like. It is a great place to meet people and you would be serving a very worthy cause. Give Cindy a call at 541-963-2414 for more information. 

As our affiliate begins its ninth build, we would like to thank the community for its continuing support.

While we have all felt the weight of the economic downturn, your support has allowed us to continue our mission of building clean, affordable housing for the folks in Union County.

It is your support that makes this work possible. We continue to receive donated labor and materials and your financial donations.

Our most difficult task is acquiring building sites and so we ask that you continue to look around the community and talk to your neighbors about that forgotten lot that was part of “grandpa’s” estate or that old abandoned odd lot that a contractor didn’t use. Maybe a church has a lot that it no longer uses.

We could turn that into a home and you could receive a tax-deductible donation that could be a win-win for everyone. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 111, La Grande, OR, 97850.

David B. Still is the president of the Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity.