Garage, craft sale to raise funds for Habitat project in Arthur

Arthur – Habitat for Humanity’s next fundraiser for its Arthur build is an indoor garage and craft sale.

To build the home, organizers need to raise about $90,000.

The indoor craft and garage sale is on April 26 from11am to 4pm at the Arthur arena hall.

Organizers are looking for vendors. Fees are $25 per table plus a donation to the penny table (for vendors).  Entrance to the sale is by donation. 

Habitat’s recent Celtic Night was a sold out dinner and auction entertainment night last month that raised about $6,000.

All proceeds go toward Habitat For Humanity Arthur Build. For more information call Twyla (519) 831-6464 or Hans (519) 848-3245.

The following is additional information provided by Mari­lyn Theurer.

Income tax receipts are given for any donations over $10 and that includes gifts of materials or goods for the auctions, as well as gifts in kind.  Residents can donate a square  foot of the house for $90. One can also become a Friend of Habitat by donating up to $999.

Bronze donations are $1,000 to $2,400.  To date a Grade 6 class at Arthur Public School is the first bronze don­ors, and Reeves Construction is the second.

Silver donations are $2,500 to $4,999; Gold donations are $5,000 to $7,499; and Platinum donations are $7,500 plus.

The Vision for Habitat for Humanity is a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity Well­ington County is an affiliate of an international non-profit Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and making decent housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat works in partnership with people from all walks of life to break the cycle of poverty. It helps low income families to access affordable and sustainable housing through ownership.

Habitat works in partnership with corporate sponsors, donors, and volunteers to build simple decent homes for sale to low income families. Con­struction costs are minimized through the use of volunteer labour (wherever possible), donated land, construction materials, and money.

Habitat homes are affordable to the partner families, because they are sold at no profit, with no down payments, and no interest on the mortgage. When people pay their mortgage payments, those payments form a revolving fund that is used to build more Habi­tat homes.

Habitat Houses are not free, because homeowners are sel­ected according to their need, their ability to pay the mortgage, and their willingness to partner with Habitat. Each family must complete up to 500 hours of sweat equity to help build their home or to work on other Habitat projects. Family and friends can donate up to 45% of the sweat equity hours.

A partner family must demonstrate its willingness to partner with Habitat by completing the required hours of sweat equity (volunteer lab­our), working along side of other volunteers, helping to build their home and other Habitat houses on related Habitat projects 300 to 500 hours depending on the size of the family and the ages of the children.

How to help

1. Volunteer: The group needs volunteers for construction, painting, fundraising, meals and more. Churches and service clubs often help by pre­paring meals for the volunteers once a week.  They make a hot meal for lunch and sandwiches for the night crew, who work until dark; and by donating snacks for coffee breaks.

2. The Build: The building committee has a concept plan for the house.  It will be a three bedroom bungalow being built on Isabella Street in Arthur.    

The house dedication service will be at the beginning of June where the family will be announced.

The blitz build will run July 6 to 24.