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Habitat to build new house

MIDDLEBURY The Middlebury College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity sponsored fund raising event at Battell Beach on the Middlebury Campus. Participants were invited to carve pumpkins donated by Douglas Orchards, and freshly pressed cider and homemade baked goods were offered as refreshments. All proceeds were donated to Habitat for Humanity of Addison County (HHAC), which is currently raising funds to complete plans to build a new house in Middlebury on Weybridge Street. HHAC has built four homes in Addison County since its inception. The organizations board and committee members recently met to begin kicking the project into gear. Groundbreaking is expected to begin in the spring, provided sufficient funds have been raised. Ongoing fund raising will be required to see the project to completion. The organization relies solely on donations and volunteers to create affordable housing while fostering community involvement. New eligible families will soon be recruited to assist with and eventually inhabit the new home to be built with donated materials and labor. Habitat recruits families who are currently living in substandard housing and are in need of a safe and affordable home to raise their children. To be eligible the families must need housing, must meet minimum income requirements such as being able to afford to pay a monthly mortgage payment, and must commit to assist in the building process. The Middlebury College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has been recruited to begin clearing the lot for the house site. Middlebury College Chapter co-chairwoman Laura Williams reports that students are anxious to begin the building process. If you have questions about the possibility of volunteering or donating to this project, call 802-388-0400. If you or someone you know would like to apply as a potential eligible family, call 802-388-0400.

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