Every once in a while we have to stand for
something other than “ourselves.”
Truly, there is no shortage of things to stand for, but you can’t tackle them all. And I’ll be honest, I like contributing to things where I can see the results of my positive efforts sooner than later. It’s okay to know I can make a difference 20 years down the road but I’d really like to do something where I can see the results… in a few months :-) So back June of 2012, Kristin Earle — then Director of Resource Development for Syracuse’ Habitat for Humanity — offered me the chance to use my positivity and positive outreach to make a difference both NOW and in the future, and to do it locally where I could see it, and even be a part of it if I chose to. Plus, I get to have fun, act silly and help even more people in the process. So I signed up for Habitat for Humanity’s Man Auction to raise awareness and money for Habitat for Humanity!
It’s NOT Charity
I learned some things right away. First, I thought we were just raising money to build a house to give to somebody who needed a home. NOPE! I found out it’s NOT charity and they’re not GIVING anyone anything. They facilitate a low interest loan so that a family can afford a home. The requirements are very stringent and there are conditions! It’s not just a loan, the people who qualify for the house not only have to pay back the loan BUT they MUST put in 300 hours in building the home they’re going to live in! And the concept behind that is that you will take care of something that you helped to create. If you put 300 hours into building your home, you’ll have a whole different level of respect and caring for that home and how you treat it.
The Money Stays
The money you contribute stays in the community you donate it to, and you can even go by to see the house, to see the progress; you can help build the house yourself and see what your donation is helping to create, and I know of no other program where you can track your investment that way. Normally, you give money to someone on the phone and a part of goes to “the mechanism” that collects it and the remainder (the smaller portion in most cases) goes to “the cause.” Not so with Habitat for Humanity. Every dime you donate goes to build the house.
Good Stewardship – The Other White Meat
And there are other principles involved, and lessons taught by this process. Listen to this interview with Kristin if you want to know more details, like where does the money go, how they choose the families, who pays for the “event” for all of this. ALL those questions are answer in her interview.
You Can Help
That’s why I help with this fund raiser, and that’s why I ask for your help. But, before I collect a dime from you, I put in MY donation too, because if I’m not willing to contribute to it, I can’t expect you to contribute to it. Not only that, I also give a product or service to be auctioned the night of the event. This year’s event will be Friday, (January 17th, at the Landmark Theatre )! I provide the service, Habitat get’s the money. The service I’m awarding this year is valued at $1295.00. Want to know what it is? Click the photo below and find out on my donation page… and while you’re there if you can spare a few dollars for the effort, please do. Every dollar helps. And last year — to several people’s surprise — I accepted their dollar donation :-) CHEERFULLY!
So click on the donate button to go to my page and see what I’m donating this year worth $1295.00. And if you are so moved, we’d appreciate your donation also.
What positive ways are you helping out in YOUR community? Post a comment below and give us some other ideas. There’s no shortage of things to stand for or ways to demonstrate. Let us hear yours!
P.S. If you’d like to attend the event at the Landmark Theatre, I have 10 tickets for my top contributors. Other information here: http://syracuseguru.com/top-picks/habitat-for-humanity-fundraiser-mr-habitat-2014/