Harvest of Hope, sounds like it’s time to get out and harvest one’s crops, but this harvest is used to help those unfortunate families in Scioto County. Habitat for Humanity sets up one event as their biggest fund raiser for the year.
That event, Harvest of Hope, is coming in October. And to make the event even more special this year, the band that Habitat has lined up is The Shane Runion Band! Most people in Scioto County, know that Shane Runion is a Scioto County native, who has made it to the ‘big times’, but he never forgets his roots and is more than willing to come back home and help out in the area.
Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. is a Christian organization, whose mission is to assist with and advocate for basic, decent and affordable housing for low-income working families, one family at a time.
Scioto County Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate ecumenical, volunteer organization. Committed to addressing the housing needs for low-income working families in Scioto County. This is accomplished through volunteer labor, donated materials, fundraising and in partnership with the new homeowner family and with the community.
The local chapter began forming in 1996. Since that time, they have completed the “rehab” of two donated houses in Portsmouth, four new houses in New Boston, one in South Webster, one in West Portsmouth and five in Portsmouth. Their 14th house is in the planning stage, according to Nancy Donini, chair for the Habitat event.
Also, to be noted, the family selected for a home must meet strict guidelines. These homes are not given to the family. The family must show the ability to pay a small mortgage payment and show responsibility to commit to home ownership. They must work “sweat equity” hours to assist in the building of their home. The mortgage is funded by Scioto County Habitat for Humanity, at no interest. Funding comes from a revolving fund from the payment of homeowners’ house payments, through fundraising activities, from grants and from cash donations.
Harvest of Hope, is one of these fundraising activities. Donini said that several years ago, the fundraising committee started having a dinner and dance. This event was held in the Spring and was known as the “Spring Fling”. Last year, the standard event date fell during the Easter weekend, so the fundraising committee decided to change their signature event to the Fall.
In 2016, it was known as the Fall Ball. “We were afraid that people might think it was a ‘Ball’ and formal, so this year we renamed our signature event to Harvest of Hope.”
The Habitat Harvest of Hope will be held Saturday, October 14th at the Friend’s Community Center on 18th Street. This year’s event, will have a dinner, dance, and silent auction, which was added last year. This year they also are having a Chinese auction and split the pot. To top things off, they will welcome The Shane Runion Band as their band and music!
The doors will open at 6:00 with dinner being served at 6:30. They will have a Cash Bar available for the guests. The evening will end at 10:30. Dress is dressy casual, or even casual.
Tickets are $50 per person with $25 being tax deductible. Tickets are available from any SCHFH Board member or by calling the Habitat office at 740-353-4993 and leaving a message, or 740-858-5429 and ask for Nancy.
“The Habitat Harvest of Hope is our signature and major event. We also hold a “Grocery Grab” event at Blackburn’s in New Boston, during the Spring. We hold a yard sale each May at our office in the Sole Choice building. We have some upcoming ideas, like possibly holding a 5K race in 2018,” said Donini.
Mark this date in the calender, Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the SOMC Friends Center, for Habitat’s “Harvest of Hope.” There will be great entertainment and much more to enjoy this fall.
For an application to apply for a Habitat home, go to the website, sciotocounty.org and click on “applications”. They accept applications, year round and if an application is old, they will request that the applicant file a new form.
Reach: Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928