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Habitat for Humanity

Washington Focus Plan of Action | Nevada County Status: Completed Categories: Citizenship Youth Leader: David | Age: 17

There is a need for affordable housing for low income, first time homebuyers. The City of Grass Valley is required by state law to have a percentage of new construction be affordable. Habitat builds affordable homes through sweat equity, donations, and volunteers. So we would be helping our city, Habitat for Humanity and the families who will live in these homes.

How has 4-H helped?

Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization that builds houses for low income families. Most of the building materials are donated and the labor is done by volunteers. This makes the housing affordable for the low income families and helps them have a better way of life. Habitat for Humanity is always in need of volunteers and funding. The 4-Hers of the Nevada County Washington Focus Citizenship project decided to volunteer. First they applied for a civic engagement grant and filled out the volunteer paperwork. When that was done the three boys and their dads worked on the landscaping for two of the finished houses. Then the boys found out they received the grant of $1000. With the money they purchased tile, vanity top and supplies for two bathrooms in a house under construction. Since one of the dads was a retired tile setter, he was able to help the boys install the tile. Now a family is happily living in the house and is very grateful to Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is very grateful for the help the 4-H youth provided. They were energetic, flexible, and hard working.  Debbie Arakel, local Habitat for Humanity Director

The Impact

Over the course of the project the 4-H youth were able to work with many retired contractors. From these men the youth were able to learn valuable skills and character that will help them later in life. 4-H Washington Focus delegate, David said "Laying the tile was a very rewarding and educational project." Debbie Arakel, local Habitat for Humanity Director, said "Habitat for Humanity is very grateful for the help the 4-H youth provided. They were energetic, flexible, and hard working. They did a great job and we thank them." Kenny, a teenage member of the family living in the house, said "I like the house. It is not too small or too large. It is just right."