The two Habitat for Humanity affiliates in King County are teaming up for the 2nd annual Build-a-Thon and are looking for volunteers to help build houses while raising money for Habitat.
The Build-a-Thon is an exciting community event that brings together volunteers, donors and community supporters to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. Much like a Walk-a-Thon, Build-a-Thon volunteers will engage family and friends to sponsor their volunteer hours with Habitat.
Volunteers can sign up for shifts on Sept. 17-19 and Sept. 22-26.
The construction sites will be closed Monday and Tuesday of that week.
Visit www.habitatbuildathon.org to volunteer or to donate.
"The Build-a-Thon provides a unique opportunity for those who might not otherwise have time to volunteer with Habitat to spend half a day meeting and working alongside Habitat families, volunteers and staff," said Marty Kooistra, chief executive of the Seattle/South King County affiliate.
"They will get a sense of just how real the need is, and how far away our community is from meeting its need for decent, affordable housing."
Habitat traditionally serves the working poor. In King County, that means a family of four living on 20 percent to 60 percent of the median county income can qualify for a Habitat home. The family must have manageable debt and be able to make payments on a 30-year, no-interest loan, and must invest 250 to 500 hours of sweat equity and be willing to work as a partner with the Habitat affiliate.
Mortgage payments go into a fund to help Habitat build even more houses throughout King County. Like many other community organizations, the current economic conditions have hampered Habitat's ability to gather all the resources it needs to meet the needs of the working poor.
The first Build-a-Thon last year raised $100,000, and leaders of both affiliates are hoping to do at least as well this year.
The Build-a-Thon will take place at Habitat work sites in Issaquah, at Rainier Vista in South Seattle and at High Point in West Seattle.
Volunteers also can choose to work in the affiliates' administrative offices in Redmond and Tukwila.
Shifts generally will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about the Build-a-Thon, see www.habitatbuildathon.org or contact Alexandra Eckstein of the Seattle/South King County affiliate at 206-292-5240, extension 108, or email@example.com, or Jodi Bridges of the East King County affiliate at 425-869-6007, extension 239, or firstname.lastname@example.org.