Habitat for Humanity of Merced County
P.O. Box 423, Atwater CA, 95301-0423 (209) 726-0850
O F F I C E R S
President: Jan Sorge
Vice President: Michelle Paloutzian
Secretary: George Gallaher
Treasurer: Patti Houbein
C O M M I T T E E C H A I R S
Administration: Janice Sorge
Church Relations: Janice Sorge
Construction: Lyle Allen
Family Services: Nellie Venegas
Finance: Donna Hall
Fund Raising: Your name could be here.
Public Information: George Gallaher
Site Selection: Don Spiva
Volunteers: Your name could be here.
M E M B E R S - A T - L A R G E
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find. Matthew 7:7
What we are asking for are people to volunteer and serve. There are quite a few opportunities for you to be involved in our mission to see that everyone in Merced County has decent and affordable housing.
One of the biggest needs we have right now is new construction leadership. We need more than one person to plan the workday, purchase materials, work with our partner families and supervise on the jobsite. If you can do any or all of those things, even just one day a week, or one day or week a month, we need you! Construction experience would be helpful of course, but is not necessarily required; A desire to work with great people, to give of yourself and to learn and grow are most important. In our quest to continually serve more families, we would like to undertake more home repairs under Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush with Kindness” program. This too, will take more construction leadership, so I am asking you to prayerfully consider how you might contribute.
Another need is for a volunteer who will focus on fundraising. We would like to open an office in the near future. We have been functioning fairly well without one for more than 20 years, but if we want to expand and serve more families, we need that additional level of organization; a place to work, meet our partner families, train volunteers, store building materials and important records, and interact with the public. We will need additional funding to make this happen. We also will need more money to build more houses. We have just enough to cover the next two building sites, as long as no problems arise in the meantime. We would like to be able to serve more families by building at a steady pace of one house a year. If we can continue that pace and go beyond, the resulting mortgage income we generate can make the building cycle self-sustainable, allowing us to use donated funds to improve other aspects of our program. Please consider if you might be the fundraising chairperson we’re seeking.
We will happily welcome new members to the Board of Directors, and volunteers in the areas of publicity, volunteer management, fundraising, construction leadership, and people to help specifically with special events, mortgages and insurance. Volunteers with experience in real estate, legal matters, business or non-profits are highly encouraged!
All of this is with the vision of everyone in Merced County having decent and affordable housing. Please consider joining us.
Click here for a Brush With Kindness Application
Need: Construction leader, crew members with various talents of construction, plumbing, landscaping, painting skills, electrical, and willing to learn.
A Brush with Kindness seeks to bring volunteers together to live out their faith and values through helping low-income homeowners restore their homes so they can continue to live in a safe, decent and affordable home.
Habitat has the opportunity to establish A Brush with Kindness in our community as a way to connect volunteers and their resources with opportunities to live out their faith and values through restoring homes of at-risk homeowners.
A Brush with Kindness began in response to an overwhelming need in neighborhoods to help low-income homeowners who because of age, disability or family circumstance struggle to care for their home. After years of deferred maintenance, homes fall into disrepair and consequently fall into a downward spiral of code citations, loss of homeowner insurance and ultimately in mortgage foreclosure that impact not just individual homeowners, but entire neighborhoods. A Brush with Kindness helps homeowners avoid issues that can lead to losing their home.
A Brush with Kindness relies on churches, businesses and community organizations that contribute volunteers, finances and materials to effectively serve homeowners in need.
Board members or committee members are always welcomed. Join us at a board meeting to see if there is a spot that suits you. We meet at St. Paul Lutheran Church Library, 2916 N. McKee Rd. Merced on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Page last updated April 15, 2016.