Habitat for Humanity deserves our support

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Few non-profits appear to be as singularly focused and intent on their mission as Habitat for Humanity.

The Christian non-profit group was founded in the mid-1970s with a simple mission: Provide affordable housing to low-income families.

Habitat chapters spread out all over the country, including the Natchez-Adams County Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Email newsletter signup

This group of local volunteers is celebrating 25 years of existence this year. In that time, the group of core volunteers and dozens of other volunteers — often coming from other non-profit organizations — have built 19 newly constructed houses for local families.

The group is currently working on the 20th house, this one on Garden Street.

Receiving families must invest “sweat equity” into the construction of the house, meaning, they must labor alongside volunteers in order to qualify. It’s a brilliant idea that makes Habitat’s work less about getting something for free and more about giving someone a helping hand.

The Natchez-Adams County Habitat chapter is seeking to celebrate its 25th anniversary by asking anyone who is able to donate $25 — $1 per year of its existence — to the cause.

Habitat leaders suggest they often have plenty of volunteer labor, but sometimes run out of money. That money is required to purchase construction materials and other supplies.

Their request is a reasonable one and one that we hope all will consider.