Grant assists Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County received a $2,000 grant from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust to assist in

Pictured are (L-R) Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County’s Volunteer Don Messner, Executive Director Nancy Cope and Site Supervisor Jesse Gibson receive a $2,000 Operation Round Up grant from Cuivre River Electric Community Trust. Funds will be used for the purchase and installation of an energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) residential system in their Enclaves at Eisenhower development.

the purchase and installation of an energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) residential system in their Enclaves at Eisenhower development.

“The Operation Round Up (ORU) grant will support Habitat for Humanity in fulfilling our mission of providing hardworking, low-income families with affordable housing,” said Nancy Cope, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County’s Executive Director. “The new home being built will feature an energy efficient HVAC system that will help the family to conserve energy, save money on their utility bills and live more comfortably.”

The Enclaves at Eisenhower is a 20-home development located in St. Peters. Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County broke ground on this development May 2009. Fourteen homes have since been completed and occupied by Habitat homeowners and the remaining six homes are scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.

“The program is designed to help families achieve the dream of homeownership, as well as become self-sufficient homeowners and help others in need within their communities,” said Don Messner, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County Volunteer.

“The outpour of community support has been overwhelming. More than 2,000 individuals like Don Messner, who received the Construction Volunteer of the Year award in 2012, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and change lives. We could not accomplish our mission without the dedication and support of the individuals and groups from faith institutions, corporations, educational and community organizations,” said Michelle Woods, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County’s Family Services Manager.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, a non-profit affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is committed to creating home ownership opportunities for working families. Fifty-eight homes have been built in Wentzville, O’Fallon, St. Charles and Portage Des Sioux since Habitat began the program locally in 1996. Costs are kept low through donations from individuals, corporations, churches, foundations and through the use of volunteer labor.

Habitat homes are sold at no profit to partner families who are required to invest 350 “sweat equity” labor hours into the construction of their homes. This includes clearing their lot, helping with construction, painting, serving food to the volunteers or working at the Habitat office. Family selection is based on the need for shelter, the ability to pay and the willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, or how you can help, call 636-978-5712.

Operation Round Up funds are administered by the seven-member volunteer Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board. These funds are available to help individuals, families and organizations within the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) service area. The goal of Operation Round Up is to help address needs in the areas of health, education, home weatherization, youth, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources. More than $3.9 million have been awarded to applicants since the Operation Round Up program began in 1997.

CREC provides electricity to more than 60,000 homes and businesses in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties. For more information on Operation Round Up and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit www.cuivre.com or call 800-392-3709.

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 9:50 am