Chenango County Habitat for Humanity

Mission Statement:

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our Vision:
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

About Chenango County Habitat for Humanity (CCHH):

Chenango County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. CCHH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome:
Chenango County Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

How Our Affiliate Works:

CCHH is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization that seeks to provide affordable housing in Chenango County, New York State.

Habitat strives to help all communities located in Chenango County to eliminate poverty housing and revitalize communities. Improved property values will increase the tax base, which then adds support for surrounding businesses. If neglected, the housing dilemma could eventually damage the future economic prospects of our communities. The primary target population for the project is to help families of all ages and of racial/ethnic composition currently living in substandard housing throughout Chenango County, who need a "hand up rather than a "hand out". Habitat helps free families from unending struggles that accompany inadequate shelter. With the stability of a real home, families can devote more attention to jobs, education, health and happiness. As the cycle of poverty is broken, children benefit and neighborhoods improve.

We do this with volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money, land and materials. Families are selected based on their level of need, willingness to partner, acceptance of responsibilities and ability to repay a no-interest mortgage. Families must complete 350 hours of "sweat equity", including time in homeowner education classes. Our qualified families purchase CCHH built homes with a zero-interest mortgage, enabling them to own their own home.
For additional information on owning a CCHH home Click Here.

Where We Are:

Our office is in Guilford, NY at the Klee House, where we rent space. Our area of service in this work is the 910 square miles of Chenango County, New York State.

 

Bob Davis volunteered to man the CCHH educational table at the 2011 Festival of Quilts.
Bob Davis volunteered to man the CCHH educational table at
the 2011 Festival of Quilts.

 

How Volunteers Help:

Volunteers are our marrow and lifeblood. Without all of them nothing would be accomplished. The Souper Bowl (soup tasting event) in March is the major fundraiser. Several Skillet Toss events are additional income. Volunteers also hold suppers, raffles, lawn sales, craft sales, bake sales, auctions, bottle drives, etc., with proceeds for Habitat's benefit.

Highlights

  • Sept 1998 - Bainbridge house groundbreaking ceremony          
  • May  2001 - Bainbridge house dedication ceremony
  • Aug  2001 - Norwich house 1 groundbreaking ceremony
  • Dec  2002 - Norwich house 1 dedication ceremony
  • May  2005 - Norwich house 2 groundbreaking ceremony
  • Oct   2007 - Norwich house 2 dedication ceremony
  • May  2008 - Greene house groundbreaking ceremony
  • Mar  2009 - Greene house dedication
  • June '09/10/11 - Women's Skillet Toss at Dairy Day, Norwich
  • Oct. 2010 - Kids mini golf game at the Pumpkin Fest, Norwich
  • Feb  2011 - 17th (and last) Red Carnation Sale
  • June 2012/13 - Men and Women's Skillet Toss, Dairy Day, Norwich
  • June 2010 - Bill Staines concert, 6 On The Square, Oxford
  • June 2011 - Brother Sun concert, 6 On The Square Oxford
  • Nov. 2011 - Ham Dinner & Chinese auction at St. Paul's Church, Oxford
  • March 2012- 1st Souper Bowl & Chinese auction, VFW, Norwich
  • April 2012 - West Bainbridge house groundbreaking ceremony
  • March 2013- 2nd Souper Bowl & Chinese auction, Family YMCA, Norwich
  • May 2013 - Raffle tickets sold for Martin Johnson's lathe turned Yellow heart wood pen/pencil set. Drawing held Dec. 1, 2013.
  • Sept. 2013 - West Bainbridge house dedication ceremony.
  • March 2014 - Souperbowl at Family YMCA, Norwich
  • March 2015 - Mini Souper Bowl & Chinese Auction at Family YMCA, Norwich
  • May 2015 Craig Bickhardt concert at 6 On The Square, Oxford
  • June 2014 -15 - Skillet Toss held at Dairy Day, County Fairgrounds, Norwich
  • September 2014 - Skillet Toss held at AppleFest, Ballflats, Greene
  • June 2015 - Skillet Toss at Smithville Day, Smithville

Leadership

CCHH's Board of Directors provides our affiliate with a variety of services and leadership.

About Habitat for Humanity International:
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

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