MAHASKA COUNTY — Many hands make light work.
That phrase may not be Habitat for Humanity’s motto, but it is often true when volunteers come together to build a home for fellow community members.
Executive Director of Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity Tiffany Anderson said there are currently two home construction sites underway in Oskaloosa, both located on First Avenue West. One is a new construction; the other is a home that was moved 16 miles from New Sharon to its current location.
Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity in the future plans to focus on a big initiative on critical home repairs, Anderson said.
“We have lots of homes in Mahaska County that could use some repairs. We want to help current homeowners remain in their homes if possible,” she said. “Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity also wants to continue building new homes for families as well, but the process is always slow due to our efforts relying completely on donor funding and volunteers on the projects.”
During United Way of Mahaska County’s Day of Caring event, volunteers helped work on the current builds. Anderson said if organizations or groups would like to schedule a build day, they can get in touch with Habitat for Humanity.
Anderson said it has been a busy year for Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity.
“We have not only the two Oskaloosa homes being built, but also a home in New Sharon. The drywall will be going up in that home this week and things will begin to come together.,” she said. “The Oskaloosa properties will be getting new exteriors this week with the help of over 100 volunteers. We did our first annual drive thru dinner with Hy-Vee and raised a lot of awareness as well as funding for our organization.”
Anderson said those interested in becoming involved with Habitat for Humanity can help with build projects on-site, fundraising or donating, or serving on a committee.
“There is a job for everyone that is willing. We rely on our community to be successful and help more families. Habitat is not a hand out, but a hand up,” she said. “All new homes have a mortgage once completed based on the assessed value of the home and all critical home repairs are a loan paid back by the homeowner”
When someone donates to Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity, Anderson said, 100 percent of that dollar is put right back into the community.
“There are not many non-profits that can say that,” she said.