Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is in the running for the People’s Choice award in WTCI’s inaugural Be More Awards!
Through online voting, local citizens will decide which organization, from a pool of nominees chosen by a panel of community judges, they feel most exemplifies the spirit of the community.
Online voting will continue through February 15 . Point your web browser to http://wtcitv.org/events/be-more/vote to cast your vote in support of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.
While Chattanooga is far from Haiti, the thoughts of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga’s staff turn to those impacted by the devastation – across Haiti 120 families live in homes built thanks to a partnership between Habitat affiliates here and there.
“Each year, every Habitat affiliate in the world shares a portion of its resources with a sister affiliate in another country. This approach is a tremendous blessing to those working in poverty stricken areas where no local funds are available to fuel the cycle of building homes with donated funds, and with mortgage repayments to drive future construction,” says Pete Palmer, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. We have chosen Habitat for Humanity of Haiti as our partner, and have supported their efforts for many years.”
“We have no way to know at this point how Habitat’s homeowners in Haiti have fared in this tragedy, but it is already clear that an already difficult housing situation has now become a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” Palmer says. “In any situation of this nature, rebuilding follows rescue and recovery operations and continues for many years.”
There are several ways that Tennessee Valley residents can support rebuilding efforts in Haiti according to Palmer:
- Habitat for Humanity International is gathering funds for rebuilding efforts – area residents can give through www.habitat.org to support those efforts.
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga will collect funds and forward to the international effort for those who prefer to give locally – donations may be sent to HFH of Greater Chattanooga, 1201 East Main Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408 – please note that they are for Haiti.
- Continued support of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga’s work will also support Haiti as well. “We share a percentage of the unrestricted funding we receive each year with the Haiti affiliate extending the impact of our community’s generosity beyond our immediate area,” says Palmer.