As billions around the globe are told that — for the health of their family and that of the community — the best thing you can do is “stay at home”, our thoughts are with the far too many individuals and families who don’t have a safe and healthy home to shelter in. That guidance is clear, and it will save lives. But it also forces us to ask: What if the home you are using as a refuge from disease is actually making you sicker? That’s long been the case for far too many in the U.S. and around the world. [Excerpted from, “Housing is the prescription we need,” by Megan Sandel, MD, MPH and Jonathan T.M. Reckford]
NOW MORE THAN EVER, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S WORK IS CRITICAL.
We hope that you will consider Hancock County Habitat for Humanity among the organizations you support in tomorrow’s world-wide giving campaign. [Please give through the secure PayPal link on the right-hand side of our website, through our Facebook post, or by mailing your contribution to PO Box 343, Ellsworth, ME 04605.] #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. It’s a day when we can all come together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.
To keep our Habitat Partners, volunteers, and staff safe from the risks associated with COVID-19 transmission, our office and jobsite are both temporarily closed to the public. As this is an ever evolving situation, we will post updates on our Facebook page and website to help keep you informed.
Administrative staff will be working remotely and can be reached through email at Director.HCHH@gmail.com [please, do not send confidential information] and/or through our office #, which will be checked periodically: (207) 702-9457.
We remain committed to assisting our Habitat Partners who may be struggling financially during the pandemic and are available to discuss options. Thank you for your patience in awaiting a response as we strive to keep up with the impacts of new legislation while also handling higher than normal call volume, etc. during this time.
As always, thank you for your support …and do take care!
Habitat Community Resource Fair CANCELLATION (4/11) / Postponed
Our team at Hancock County Habitat has been monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus disease [COVID-19] in Maine, New England and the region, understanding that this a rapidly changing situation. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel our April 11th Community Resource Fair. Our event was geared toward bringing together non-profits who provide services to more vulnerable populations — the elderly, those needing in-home or transportation services for medical reasons, etc.
Per CDC guidelines, community and faith-based organizations holding events should have supplies on-hand to address the spread of illness — including masks and hand sanitizer, which are now in very short supply in stores and online. To hold an event without such supplies seemed irresponsible. [https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html]
While we hope to reschedule at a later date, we also realize that it may be some months yet until the health landscape becomes clearer. Thank you again for your interest in this event. We hope that area organizations and members of the public will be able to participate when we have things back on the calendar.
If Habitat decides to make any other shifts in our schedule of events, we will be in touch.
Click here to enjoy a copy of our Winter newsletter and annual appeal. Donations may be sent to the PO Box shown below (at the bottom of each page of our website), through our Facebook site, or through our secure PayPal “donate” button (top right). For stock donation instructions, please click here.
Please note that we’ve moved administrative & program offices and have permanently closed our ReStore location as of mid-August in order to better focus on our core mission of building housing with qualified individuals and families. We look forward to continuing to serve Hancock County in partnership with you, our supporters. Please follow us on Facebook . More information can be found by reading these articles (click here).
Note: Our PO Box mailing address (found below) remains the same.
Thank you to all of this year’s Swing for Habitat Golf Tournament participants and supporters! Please consider supporting these businesses with your patronage.
Thank you to the Hospitality for Habitat participating inns and guests! Please look for more information on the 2020 event at https://www.hospitalitymaine.com/page/habitat