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Habitat Golf Tournament COVID-related Cancellation

It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the planned October 2nd Swing for Habitat Golf Tournament outing. Our committee members have worked tirelessly toward the goal of holding the annual event, but the rise of the Delta variant, increased transmissibility even among the vaccinated, and the timing of the end of the busy summer travel season + the start of the school year lead us to the conclusion that we should not hold our event in 2021. The safety and well-being of our community, our Partners, volunteers, supporters, and our staff remains a priority, and we believe this decision will help to cut down on potential community spread.

As organizers, we had already decided against certain defining features of the event for 2021 in order to decrease risks. However, with the uptick in cases and spread, we were faced with the possibility of needing to implement additional safeguards. Aware that these measures might not go far enough for some but might feel much too restrictive for others, we were also conscious of the fact that the structuring of the event wouldn’t have allowed for the type of camaraderie and interactions that our participants normally so enjoy. We will miss seeing so many familiar faces this fall, but we can’t wait to have you join us all again in 2022!

Please watch this space for alternative fundraising ideas to help support Habitat’s mission.

We appreciate your kindness and understanding regarding this difficult decision. Wishing you and your loved ones health and safety.

Please note: We will be issuing refunds to those who have already registered as players for the event and will be reaching out to sponsors to offer the same and/or to see if those donors would like to have their sponsorship applied as a general contribution to our work in the community. Many thanks to you and all of our supporters! …And a special thanks to the crew at the Northeast Harbor Golf Club.


NOW MORE THAN EVER, HABITAT’S WORK, OUR WORK AS A COMMUNITY IS ESSENTIAL.  HOME IS ESSENTIAL.

This past year has shown each of us just how essential home is, and that is the theme of our newsletter and annual giving campaign. We understand that you must prioritize the health and financial well-being of your loved ones during this time. When you are able, we ask that you consider making a monetary donation in the envelope provided with your print newsletter or online through the “donate” button link in the sidebar which connects to our secure PayPal site.

Together with your support we are changing lives for the better. THANK YOU! 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) created charitable giving incentives to support the essential services that 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations provide [Sections 2204 & 2205 of the Act ]. If you do not itemize on your taxes, you can include $300 per taxpayer in cash charitable contributions as an above-the-line (AGI) deduction for your 2020 taxes. If you itemize, the cap for giving has been increased from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100% for 2020. *Disclaimer: Please consult an attorney or tax professional for advice.


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.

 



Along with the usual recap of Habitat happenings and photos & “thank yous” from our build which is wrapping up, the newsletter contains an announcement about a special application cycle which was open through February for a 3-4 bdrm., 2 bath home in Ellsworth, Maine. Built in 2010, the home is being refreshed for/with its next occupant(s) through our traditional model of volunteer support and the qualified Partner(s)’ sweat equity. The original floorplan may be modified from a 4- down to a 3-bedroom, depending on the ADA accessibility needs of the qualified applicant(s).  The newsletter and our Facebook site tell a bit more about how we reacquired the home.

We are pleased to report that we have selected the applicant Partner for the Ellsworth property but are holding off on a media release until the project is closer to move-in day to prevent housing insecurity issues surrounding their rental. If you’ve learned about the selection from the Partner themselves or a friend of a friend, thank you for respecting their privacy on social media, etc. when the tendency would normally be to celebrate publicly. 

Learn more about the application process at: HancockCountyHabitat.org/apply

To our volunteers & supporters: This “refresh” project will not take away from work on our next new home build — with plans for starting the ground-work on that project this fall.  This next new home will be completed in partnership with Sonia on the Blue Hill Peninsula!  For some wonderful family images, Sonia’s story, and a preview of what the home will look like, please see our newsletter.


 

Please note that we’ve moved administrative & program offices and have permanently closed our ReStore location as of mid-August 2019 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. 

Photos of the vibrant Orland Community Center where our offices are now housed.

 


To keep our Habitat Partners, volunteers, and staff safe from the risks associated with COVID-19 transmission, our office remains closed to public drop-ins.  We have limited volunteer opportunities at our jobsite(s) for fully vaccinated volunteers.  We will post updates on our Facebook page and website to help keep you informed.

Administrative staff is working largely 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 higher than normal call volume, etc. during this time.

As always, thank you for your support …and do take care!