In case you hadn’t figured it out, I love Christmas. I love the lights, the ornaments, the trees, the snow (come on Fargo, don’t let me down!). But most of all, I love the gift buying and gift giving. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than finding the perfect gift and watching a loved ones face light up as they remove it from its colorful wrapping.
That’s why Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is my favorite nonprofit organization. Volunteering for Lake Agassiz Habitat is like giving that perfect gift every day. I get to use my skills as a writer and communications aficionado to make sure local men and women get what should be a basic human right: safe housing for their families.
The mission of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is to build simple, decent and affordable housing for low income people in our community. Habitat operates under a hand-up, not a hand-out mentality. Families contribute sweat equity hours toward their homes, which are financed through a 0% interest mortgage. Habitat is truly a community organization, with much of the work being completed by local volunteers who work side-by-side with partner families.
2011 was especially meaningful for Lake Agassiz Habitat as the affiliate celebrated its 20th anniversary. Since its 1991 beginnings, Lake Agassiz Habitat has served 45 families in six area communities.
Habitat is an amazing organization that helps break the cycle of poverty in our community by giving families a home and a bright future. They are a truly deserving organization and one that I am proud to be a part of.