Habitat for Humanity invites public to attend volunteer appreciation event

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  - Volunteers with Columbia County Windermere Realty laid down fresh sod at Columbia County Habitat For Humanitys most recent housing project on Sykes Road in St. HelensColumbia County’s Habitat for Humanity is all set to wrap up construction on its latest housing project on Skyes Road in St. Helens.

The nonprofit organization’s completion date for the project is planned for Saturday, June 28, and will be commemorated with a volunteer and contractor appreciation event and open house between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. that day.

Project participants and the public are invited to attend the event at the home, which is located at 2695 Sykes Road. Local officials, including State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, are slated to speak at the event.

In February, a Habitat for Humanity committee selected Mike McDougle, a single father living in St. Helens, from a group of applicants to receive the home. While the organization still has some paperwork to complete before handing over the house, Executive Director Bill Blank said McDougle and his two children, Taylor and Louise, will be able to move in by early July.

Blank said the volunteer efforts of the community helped to drive the project forward and remain on schedule. One of the the most recent efforts was to sod the property’s yard.

On June 20, a group of volunteers from Columbia County Windermere Realty selected the home for its annual volunteer day event. Volunteers spread dirt and laid down sod to create a new yard for the home, according to a press release from Habitat for Humanity.

“Our volunteers have been fantastic and we’ve been on schedule for the most part, as far as construction goes,” Blank said. “We’re real pleased with that. Everything has kind of cooperated for us and we’ve been fortunate with the weather.”

Blank said the next step for the organization is to start fundraising for its next home. Blank said Columbia County Habitat for Humanity is now in a better financial spot than when when it started its current project, experiencing success with ReStore, which opened about a year ago. ReStore, located at 164 Little St. in St. Helens, is a branch of the organization that sells donated home improvement items to generate funds for building homes within the county.

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