Through a unique member advised charitable grant program called Thrivent Choice, eligible Thrivent Financial members are able to help support the work of Habitat for Humanity Lake County. Thrivent Choice gives its members the opportunity to choose to direct Choice Dollars to Habitat for Humanity Lake County. These charitable outreach fund will be used to improve housing conditions for low income families throughout Lake County, work that includes not only home building but also critical home repairs for low income homeowners and wheelchair ramps, lifts and handicap accessibility improvements for the disabled and elderly, with a special emphasis on aiding our military veteran population.
To learn more about this donation program, visit www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice.
We are two-thirds of the way to our $75,000 fundraising goal for the purchase of ramps and lifts for our homeowners with limited accessibility. Can you help?
Sutter Hospital has shown their support for Habitat for Humanity’s Wheelchair Ramps and Lifts program with a $2,000 donation. Since its creation last year, $49,800 has been raised towards the program that offers wheelchair ramps, wheelchair lifts, and a variety of handicap accessibility modifications to qualifying veterans, seniors, and disabled individuals in Lake County. Several Lake County homeowners have been given assistance to date. Sutter Hospital’s generous offering will assist Habitat for Humanity in reaching their $75,000 program goal and will provide assistance for additional homeowners.
To help the Wheelchair Ramps and Lifts Program reach its goal, donations may be sent to Habitat for Humanity Lake County, PO Box 1830, Lower Lake, CA 95457 or you may contact the office at 707.994.1100 for more information. In addition to monetary donations, donations of wheelchair ramps or wheelchair lifts are also encouraged.
Starting this year, the State of California has made it easier for those filing income taxes to support Habitat for Humanity in the mission to provide, safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing. For the first time ever, Habitat for Humanity is included amongst the list of potential donor sites to select when filing a California state income tax return. By checking box 428 on their return, tax filers are able to donate the amount of their choosing to Habitat for Humanity. Funds collected will used to improve housing conditions in our community and provide a better quality of life for families in need.
As anyone who lives in the areas knows, there is significant need within the county for decent, affordable housing. Lake County has one of the highest levels of unemployment and lowest levels of income in the state. Particularly in Clearlake, where the housing stock is older and consists of a high number of mobile homes, the cost of available rental housing is disproportionate to the income levels of many local families. According to the most recent Housing Element report, 22% of Clearlake’s housing stock is older than 50 years, with an additional 44% being older than 30 years. In the latest housing condition survey, it was revealed that 74% of the City’s housing is in need of rehabilitation. Many families are forced to forego basic needs in order to have any shelter at all. Of those who do own their homes, Lake County has a significant number of seniors, veterans, disabled individuals and low income families who are physically or financially unable to manage the upkeep of their homes.
This is where Habitat for Humanity Lake County comes in. Habitat for Humanity Lake County has been building homes within our community since 2001. Starting in 2010, Habitat for Humanity Lake County has also undertaken the mission of providing repair services to in-need residents who have owned their homes. Funding for these projects comes from a variety of sources, from grants, gifts and donations from corporations and private citizens. By contributing to Habitat for Humanity through this new State tax return donation option, California filers can help other California residents have safe, adequate housing.
Lorine D’Agostino, store manager of the Wells Fargo Clearlake , presents $5,000 donation to Habitat President Richard Birk.
Wells Fargo Bank has awarded Habitat for Humanity Lake County a grant of $5000 for the Brush of Kindness Home Repair Program. Lorine D’Agostino, store manager of the Wells Fargo Clearlake office, presented the check to Habitat President Richard Birk on Friday, October 4th. Says D’Agostino, “Habitat for Humanity’s work benefits this county, and we are pleased to be a part of that effort.” Such donations and grants go directly back into the community to help better the lives of Lake County residents. “Our organization thrives on the generosity of organizations such as Wells Fargo Bank. We appreciate their willingness to contribute to our work here in Lake County,” said Richard.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Lake County, please contact the office at 707.994.1100.