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Habitat for Humanity of Beaufort County urgently seeks volunteers

From Habitat for Humanity

CHOCOWINITY — In order to get a Chocowinity family in their new home by March, volunteer builders are needed to reach the finish line.

Habitat for Humanity of Beaufort County is trying to finish building a house in Chocowinity by the end of February. The project is part of North Carolina’s Habitat for Humanity partnership with the SECU Foundation to complete a house in each of the state’s 100 counties.
The SECU Foundation’s $10 million Mountains-to-the-Sea Challenge has involved Habitat affiliates across the state and will lead to the construction or renovation of 100 Habitat homes when the Challenge ends in early March. Once a Habitat affiliate finishes a Challenge home, SECU buys the 0% interest first mortgage from the affiliate, providing the capital necessary for the affiliate to then turn around and build another house. The SECU Foundation is funded by SECU members’ $1 maintenance fee. This Challenge is the first project of its kind and scope to be undertaken by any state’s Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
“We really need volunteers to get this house finished in time,” said Greg Kirkpatrick, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina, the state support organization that has been responsible for orchestrating the moving parts of the Challenge. “Habitat of Beaufort County has faced a lot of setbacks due to Hurricane Florence this fall, but now they’re in the position to finish, if they just find the people to get it done.”
Habitat for Humanity of Beaufort County is a completely volunteer-run affiliate. They work with qualified low-income individuals and families to offer them an opportunity to own their own home. Homeowners put in a certain number of “sweat equity” hours alongside volunteers and when the home is finished they pay a 0-percent interest monthly mortgage back to the affiliate.
Volunteers are needed at the job site on Saturday mornings. A combination of skilled and novice builders are welcome, and volunteers to provide breakfast and lunch are also much appreciated. Anyone interested in helping out on this or any future builds with the Beaufort County Habitat for Humanity affiliate can email speakwithrich@gmail.com or call job site managers Rich Neubert 201-388-2476 or Greg May 586-612-4073.