2017-07-15 / Front Page / JT Beacon

Habitat sponsors walk to 'Raise the Roof in Wells'

By ED PIERCE
Executive Editor

KENNEBUNK — Habitat for Humanity of York County is looking for the public's help in constructing a new home on Quarry Road in Wells.

According to Amy D. Nucci, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of York County, a "Walk to Raise the Roof in Wells" next month will assist the organization in raising money to purchase building materials for the new home.

Nucci said that the public can register for a 1.8-mile or a 3.6-mile walk at 2:45 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road, in Wells. The event includes dinner and T-shirts for participants.

Charles and Shannon Carter and their two young sons have been chosen as the Habitat family for the new Quarry Road home, which will be the 28th homebuilding project for Habitat for Humanity of York County. 

"Homeowners contribute 400 sweat equity hours, working side-by-side with volunteers to build the energy efficient home that will save them money on utilities over time," Nucci said. "The family also participates in financial and homeowner education classes and are stabilized in their new home with an affordable mortgage."

Habitat for Humanity of York County is the local affiliate of Habitat International and was incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit builder of affordable homes in partnership with low-income families, community volunteers and local businesses. 

Its mission is to work toward the elimination of poverty housing and homelessness in York County and to stir the hearts and minds of others to take action on this issue.

A previous Habitat for Humanity build this year was completed June 22 on Cole Road in West Kennebunk.

"To undertake two home constructions in a year represents a 100 percent increase in Habitat for Humanity of York County’s historic housing production and we are committed to maintaining this level of service in York County," Nucci said.

In order to construct energy-efficient homes that are affordable, Habitat uses volunteer labor, donations of money, material and the help of the Habitat homeowner, she said.

Each new Habitat home costs about $150,000 to build. Habitat for Humanity of York County is responsible for land development, obtaining all materials used to build the home and hiring the necessary licensed services to finish the project. 

Nucci said that a construction manager trains and leads volunteers in building the home alongside the partner family throughout the construction.

The "Walk to Raise the Roof" in Wells will include a chowder dinner and ice cream sundaes from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wells Elks Lodge. Dinner-only tickets are $10 and can be purchased separately if desired. 

"There are many opportunities to volunteer on the Quarry Road Build, at the ReStore, on a salvage, in the office or assisting with weatherizations," Nucci said. "Anyone interested in participating or donating to Habitat is encouraged to call the HFHYC office at 985-4850 or visit the website at www.habitatyorkcounty.org."

The walk starts at 3 p.m. on the day of the event and the route travels from the Wells Elks Lodge to the home site on Quarry Road. 

Online registration and sponsorship opportunities are available at www.habitatyorkcounty.org. 

For more information about the "Walk to Raise the Roof," call 985-4850.

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 326, or by email at editor@journaltribune.com.

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