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Cause of the Week: Bend Area Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has become an iconic American charity. One reason for that is its strong and far-reaching network of local organizations that extends the Habitat mission throughout the U.S. and beyond.

The Bend Oregon chapter is one great example of this network. Its particular version of the Habitat mission of providing affordable housing to deserving individuals is the addition of green technology to every home.

Paula McClean, who has worked with BAHFH for four years as Operations Manager, says,

“BAHFH proves that green and sustainable can also be affordable and therefore attainable by anybody. Families with secure, long term housing are strong, active community members who shop, dine, and volunteer. Homes built with sustainable and efficient products and renewable energies assure a healthier community into the future. Combining sustainability with affordability is an all encompassing approach to the growth and longevity of a community.”

BAHFH depends on volunteers to get their housing built and its website is volunteer friendly, with online registration and scheduling, an active corporate volunteer program, continual engagement with youth groups, and a steady stream of special events that are creative and energizing. BAHFH is also social media savvy with a Facebook page, and a healthy following on Twitter.

BAHFH has built 79 affordable homes in the community of Bend, serving 145 adults and 243 children. They have done this with a hard core group of some 300 volunteers. The organization receives monetary donations through its active fundraising program and a steady stream of building materials donated by local businesses.

BAHFH’s Twelve Facts About Bend Area Habitat for Humanity explains the Habitat for Humanity “sweat equity” philosophy plus all the details of how they build houses, how families qualify for the housing and how the financing works.

Habitat for Humanity is one rocking charity and BAHFH exemplifies the community improvement work that takes place throughout our communities. Consider supporting or volunteering for BAHFH or another Habitat group near you. The Habitat for Humanity International website has a locater where you can put in your address and find the affiliate nearest you.

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Cause of the Week: Bend Area Habitat for Humanity originally appeared on About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs on Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 09:58:25.

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