Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County's tithe to developing countries crosses the $1 million mark and will now support housing efforts in Costa Rica.Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County has been providing financial support to affiliates overseas to support the construction of hundreds of decent and livable homes for families dwelling in sub-standard conditions. Through Habitat International's tithe program, affiliates commit 10 percent of unrestricted donations of local funds to aid in the elimination of poverty housing worldwide. And 29 years after starting its tithe, Habitat NCC is pleased to announce it has crossed the $1-million mark in funds provided to deliver shelter for families in desperate need abroad. Over the years, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County has supported Habitat for Humanity International's efforts in Tanzania, Africa, El Salvador and more recently Egypt and India. Through our tithe we have helped more nearly 300 families become homeowners. In October, Kevin Smith, CEO, was invited on a Habitat for Humanity International-sponsored Global Village trip to Costa Rica. Based on what he learned on the trip, HFHNCC is now tithing to Egypt and Costa Rica, and has organized a Global Village trip to Costa Rica. On Saturday, Feb. 20, Smith will be leading a group of 13 Habitat NCC supporters and staffers on this inaugural trip.
Magaly Rodrígues Sánchez' Story
Magaly is a single mother, her partner abandoned her more than nine years ago. Magaly has worked hard to raise their two children, a teenager of 15 years and a girl of 11 years. She works as a waitress in a hotel, Monday to Saturday, leaving home from 5:00 a.m. and returning at 7:00 p.m. and her mother, Isabella, helps her take care of her children while she is working. Mrs. Magaly's salary is not enough to cover the needs of the children. She always has great difficulty buying the uniforms and school supplies for her elementary school daughter and high schooler. Magaly's father, Victor, received a donation of a small piece of land from an uncle who died and Victor decided to donate it to his daughter, so that she could be build a "ranchita" (shelter) for her two children. Don Victor works as a taxi driver, his income is low, and is hardly enough to sustain him and his wife Isabella. One day, when Magaly went to her daughter's school, she read a flyer posted on a wall about Habitat for Humanity of Costa Rica. She decided to call HFHCR and start her journey to make her dream come true: to have a decent and safe place to live for her children.The ultimate goal of Global Village trips is to further Habitat for Humanity International's mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. Global Village participants do this by:
- Lending a helping hand to those in need of simple, decent shelter.
- Donating valuable funds to Habitat programs around the world.
- Learning about the global need for cross-cultural understanding and simple, decent, affordable housing.
- Learning about new paradigms in the delivery of affordable housing that address the magnitude of the problem and the availability of resources.
- Becoming long-term advocates for affordable housing.
President Signs Bill to Make IRA Rollover PermanentA gift of retirement assets can be a convenient, tax-efficient way to support Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. On December 18, President Obama signed legislation to make the charitable IRA rollover permanent and retroactive to the beginning of 2015. The rollover is a convenient, tax-efficient way for donors who are at least 70 ½ years old to support Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. See below for more information about the charitable IRA rollover and how to make your gift. How the IRA Rollover Works With the Charitable IRA Rollover now permanent, individuals who are 70 ½ or older may transfer up to $100,000 a year directly from their traditional IRA to a qualified charity, such as Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. If a spouse has a separate IRA, he or she can also make a charitable IRA rollover gift. The amount of the transfer will not be included in your taxable income, and the transferred amount can count toward your required minimum distribution. How to Make an IRA Rollover Gift If you are considering a charitable gift from your IRA during 2015, consult with your advisor to determine if the charitable IRA rollover is a good option for you. The information below will help you accomplish your rollover gift as quickly and seamlessly as possible:
- Contact your IRA custodian and instruct your custodian to make a distribution directly to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.
- Provide your IRA custodian with our tax ID number – 51-0294138 – and the following contact information: Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Troy Nuss, Chief Development Officer, 1920 Hutton Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 – 302.652.0365 ext. 119 – email@example.com
- Notify the Chief Development Office by phone or email that your gift is on its way.
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President's AwardBank of America and Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County have a strong partnership and Habitat is honored to present them with this year’s President’s Award. This year Habitat will begin building at its Walnut Ridge site on property donated by Bank of America. The bank has also donated to the financial success of Walnut Ridge as well. Bank of America employees are frequently seen volunteering at the ReStore, as well as in and around Habitat’s build sites and warehouse. Bank of America is truly deserving of the 2015 President’s Award.
Fundraising VolunteerChip Rankin has been the driving force behind Habitat’s golf outing in partnership with IFMA for more than 16 years. To date, the event has raised more than $250,000 for Habitat and introduced the organization to new supporters through the IFMA Delaware chapter. Chip has devoted his time and resources to making sure the golf outing event is a yearly success for Habitat. In 2014, under Chip’s leadership, the event raised $20,000 for Habitat.
ReStore VolunteerRobin Martini is a regular every Saturday, our busiest day of the week at the ReStore. She is a hard worker, has a positive attitude and a pleasure to work with. Robin has become a favorite to the staff, other volunteers and most importantly our customers. She is always ready to help regardless of what needs to get done. A large factor for the success of the ReStore is due to the efforts of our volunteers and Robin’s effort and contribution are the reason why she is our ReStore volunteer of the year.
VolunteerIda Bowers has served on the Family Support for the last four years and has helped several prospective homeowners through the process. Ida is able to connect with our homeowners and provide them with an addition source of support while they are building their home. In addition to serving on the support committee Ida has also join the Alumni Support committee she encourages the families she has supported to attend the Alumni programs and offers ideals and suggestion on programs that would be helpful to homeowners.
Volunteer GroupBrown Advisory volunteers have shown exceptional commitment to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County’s mission as a volunteer group. They used their time volunteering on the Cooper’s Run site to actively engage with the future homeowners and Habitat staff. The volunteers from Brown Advisory also came to the Cooper’s Run dedication to show their support for the Habitat homeowners.
Homeowner VolunteerAntoinette Douglass is a single mother of 5 boys who worked two jobs while she was in the program and was able to complete her 225 hours of sweat equity prior to her house being completed. Antoinette continues to volunteer with Habitat she is a Family support committee member and is working on supporting her 2nd prospective homeowner through the process. Antoinette also serves on the Alumni support committee and she is true ambassador for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.
Tom Bissot Award for ConstructionLyle Wallig is always willing to help the construction department with whatever is asked of him. This past year Lyle really took ownership of the warehouse tool room. He went over and beyond what was needed and even restored tools so that they could be used again. John Morrison Can always be counted on to do the little things that are a big help in the construction department. Acting from true humility, John takes it upon himself to make sure all the necessary things are done so that larger projects can move forward. Mercer Quinby completed 400 hours in his first year volunteering with Habitat. He often volunteers for full weeks with Habitat when he can and always comes in when extra hands are needed. He is very dedicated to Habitat’s mission and that is evident in the way he connects with the homeowners and the motivation he brings to each project.
Habitat ReStore DonorLa-Z-Boy Furniture, for the past year, has made monthly donations of furniture to the Habitat ReStore. The consistency of the donations and the high-quality of the furniture have helped to the ReStore to some of its most financially successful months. It has been very beneficial and meaningful partnership for Habitat.
Community Builder AwardBeth Miller has been writing about Delaware since 1979, including 35 years as a general assignment reporter for The News Journal. As a veteran journalist, Beth has covered everything from breaking news in the First State to the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that hit the tiny country of Haiti in 2010. There is no question she knows a great story when she sees one, as evidenced in her front-page coverage of two Habitat events in the past year – one on the burning of a paid-off Habitat mortgage, the other on the dedication of Coopers Run. Beth’s time in newspapers ended in January, when she started exploring the world from a new angle as the science writer for the University of Delaware.
Learn more about Women BuildWhat are all the ways to get involved with the Women Build program?
- Help build or renovate houses at a Women Build event.
- Help with training, travel or office support.
- Help us prepare for an upcoming Women Build event.
- Organize your own Women Build project!
- Contact us so we can help you with training, organizational and promotional materials.