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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Notify the Chief Development Office by phone or email that your gift is on its way.
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DOVER, DE – July 9, 2015: Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County received a rebate check for $20,300 from the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility for its participation in Energize Delaware’s popular Green for Green program which offers rebates for energy efficiency measures incorporated into new home construction. Habitat recently completed construction of seven new energy efficient townhomes near downtown Wilmington, DE. Another nine energy efficient townhomes are set to begin construction there later this year. “We are the beneficiary of the Green for Green program that helps us build energy efficient houses by giving us the financing necessary to offset the cost. We are very grateful to the State of Delaware, the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility and the Homebuilders Association of Delaware who manages the program.” - Kevin Smith, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County “We are very proud to be a partner with Habitat for Humanity and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility to administer the Green for Green program in order to provide rebates to build nationally certified, green, energy efficient homes. It’s a wonderful program that helps homebuyers as well as builders and we’re excited to be a part of it.” - Howard Fortunato, Executive V.P., Homebuilders Association of Delaware "I love it! I have awesome neighbors and anything we can do to help our community, I’m all for it. The process was simple and I’m proud to be a part of the “Habitat Family.” Not to mention, my utility bills are the lowest they’ve ever been.” - Laressia Wright, Habitat Homeowner Energize Delaware’s Green for Green Program offers Delaware new home buyers rebates of $1,000 to $4,500 for homes upgraded to national standards for energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, building materials and other conservation-oriented, energy-saving features. Homeowners can save from $21 to $47 a month on average, or up to 36 percent, on an average monthly electric bill. Developed jointly with the Home Builders Association of Delaware, the rebate is available for homes in Delaware's designated growth areas. Funded by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the rebates will fund energy upgrades for approximately 200 homes throughout the state Delaware's Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) is a unique nonprofit organization created by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the state. The SEU’s EnergizeDelaware programs are committed to helping Delaware residents, businesses and non-profits save energy and money by increasing the energy efficiency of their facilities.
Bank of America, New Castle County partner in dedication of Newark home, first modular built home for Habitat NCCHabitat for Humanity of New Castle County, in partnership with Bank of America and New Castle County is pleased announce the completion of the latest home to be dedicated to its next homeowner. Mawupe Typamm and his family will move into a brand new, three bedroom, ranch-style home in a quiet subdivision off of Route 40 – a far cry from the cramped, two bedroom apartment his family had been living. “I am giving praise to the Lord,” said Typamm, a native of Africa native who moved to the United States in search of a better life for his family. Kevin L. Smith, CEO of Habitat NCC, said home dedications are typically moving experiences for all that attend. “But there are two things that make this particular dedication extra special,” he said. “This day was made possible through the generous support of sponsors like Bank of America and New Castle County, and the fact that this was the first modular, built home Habitat has ever done.”
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