In the charitable and non-profit sectors, it can sometimes be easier to see the needs of people around the world than it is to see the needs in our own backyard.
Through recent involvement with Habitat for Humanity Durham, we have learned that in our own backyard of Durham Region there is an overwhelming need for affordable and stable housing for families.
For example, according to one of its event websites there are 3900 children who are without a stable home, meaning that they are living in hotels, with friends, “couch-surfing”, or in unreliable homes. This is not a need in a third-world country – this is a need right where we live.
Thankfully, this need is what drives Habitat for Humanity Durham, a charity which is set up in such a way that every donation, and every home built and owned, cyclically continues to give over and over again. This is done through a type of revolving fund for humanity.
Simply put, the revolving fund for humanity sees that:
“the homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a fund that is used to build more homes. The more homes that exist, the more cash flow there is available for further building. This Revolving Fund for Humanity fuels exponential growth in the number of Habitat for Humanity houses that are built over time.”
So how can you help?!
Easy. Here are some practical, tangible, and affordable ways that you can contribute to your own community:
- You can volunteer and actually build a house!
- You can visit Habitat’s ReStores and buy home hardware and decor for your own home.
- You can donate financially.
Better yet, if you’re like my wife who can’t put a hammer to a nail, buy tickets for and attend the charity’s upcoming gala suitably themed, “In Our Own Backyard”. All of the money raised at this event will go to finishing the final phase of Habitat for Humanity Durham’s “CentreTowne” build.
Considering that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away, why not surprise family, friends, and clients with tickets to this sure-to-be-fun gala and give a gift that will indeed keep on giving!