By GREG RUSSELL, Register Staff Writer
Gainesville Area Habitat for Humanity officials say they could always use more funds in generating new houses for local low-income families — and a golf tournament set for June 22, in Lake Kiowa, may be their biggest fundraiser during 2013.
But currently, their organization could also use more officials.
Habitat member Joy Mathews explained Tuesday that her agency now operates with 10 volunteer members where an ideal number would be closer to 16.
The public is urged, she said, to contact Habitat and apply for service in areas including advertising or outreach to prospective homeowners.
“There aren’t really any special qualifications,” Mathews said. “We just need someone willing to volunteer their time, someone who has an interest in volunteering. And there are different types of positions you can fill.”
The problem with Habitat’s current agent count, Mathews said, is that since not all the volunteers are Gainesville-based, not all of them have the same amount of local volunteering time available.
As a result, the agency often doesn’t make the homebuilding headway it could during a given project.
“We would like to invite people,” she said. “Habitat is so worthwhile because it changes the future of an entire family. It’s such a worthwhile organization.”
The next Habitat home is tentatively set for build near Pecan Street in Gainesville. Habitat houses in run between $50,000 and $60,000 in construction costs, since the agency commonly cuts building expenses by way of donated materials and labor.
Since the agency’s inception in 1999, budgets are raised through dinners, private donations and events such as an annual golf tournament.
Earlier in 2013, Habitat President Ron Dedoes said the agency already has nearly $15,000 in funds for the Pecan Street home but he prefers to have 75 percent of the projected cost in hand before proceeding.
“That can take a while,” he said, and then cited the upcoming Lake Kiowa tournament. “That will be our major fundraiser and sometimes we get between $12,000 to $15,000 as a result of that one.”
About the tournament
Habitat’s benefit golf tournament is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Lake Kiowa Golf Course.
The format is “two-person team scramble” with a 60-team maximum and four flights. Registration cost is $130 per team and carts are available for $25.
The cost includes lunch, a goodie bag, refreshments and a chance for prizes at every hole, and winners stand to win gift certificates ranging from $100 to $200. The tournament also includes a special drawing for all participants. Sponsor packages range from $50 to $500.
For tournament information, call (940) 668-7384.
For information about Habitat for Humanity, call (940) 665-3091. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday and Tuesday.