Breakfast to raise money for Habitat

Published 1:41 am Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Last year, Covington County Habitat for Humanity raised $1,200 at its first annual Breakfast for Building. This year, board member Maggie Givens said that they are working to double the amount.

Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this vision by building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live.

This year Habitat is doing something that they have never done before, renovating a donated house instead of building a new one.

“If we can renovate this house then we will meet our quota for the year,” Givens said. “But we can’t do that without the funds.”

Givens said that the Breakfast for Building began because Habitat needs money to build houses.

“We started the breakfast as a way to fundraise,” Givens said. “When we raised $1,200 last year, we decided to make it an annual thing.”

This year’s renovated house will go to Linda and Michael Fowler. It is located at 213 Pugh Street in Andalusia.

Givens said that the Fowlers have exceeded the required 300 sweat equity hours needed for a home.

“They have definitely earned this home,” Givens said. “They will be putting in many more hours along with volunteer workers until their home is completed.”

Another way that Habitat has added to their fundraising is adding corporate sponsors.

“Ben Cooper was the man behind the idea of Habitat getting corporate sponsors,” Givens said. “We now have a lot of corporate sponsors and that really helps us.”

Covington County Habitat for Humanity is still looking for volunteers as they renovate this home.

“We need volunteers that is for sure,” Givens said. “We can put anyone to work, they can have knowledge of carpentry or house building, but they don’t have to. People always help bring us food and water and help out anyway they can.”

Tickets for the breakfast are $10 and the menu includes eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, a biscuit, fruit, coffee and orange juice.

Plates will be available for dine in or pick up.

To get a ticket, Habitat board members are selling them, or stop by Woodforest National Bank in Walmart.

To become a corporate sponsor for Habitat for Humanity, contact Cooper at 334-343-9109.

The Breakfast for Building will be from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 27, at C.J.’s Grille.