CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Friday is National Non-Profit Day and one well-known non-profit organization is doing its part to better communities is Eastern North Carolina.
Many people are familiar with Habitat for Humanity and the work the organizations does building homes for families in need. But the mission is also community engagement in addition to making sure everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity in Craven County is currently working on two homes and they're near completion. After that, Habitat will begin working on two more homes. All of the projects are in the greater Five Points area. Habitat has partnered with the community and the homes are part of the choice neighborhood initiative to help the community address needs that were identified in the Five Points transition plan.
In addition to housing, those needs include safety, education, and jobs. And as is the case with many non-profits, volunteers play a major role in project completion and the Habitat volunteers do much more than build homes. Habitat Executive Director, Mike Williams said, "The work that we do is accomplished with the work of some 6, or 700 volunteers. Whether it be in real estate, whether it's in banking, whether it is education. But those are all disciplines that we need in order to support our mission, which is improving the communities we serve."
Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
Each local Habitat's family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria which are the applicant's level of need, willingness to partner with Habitat and their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat's homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
For those interested in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, you can file an application on their website.