Local Rotary Clubs Launch $100K Campaign for Habitat for Humanity

HYANNIS – The Rotary Clubs of Cape Cod have committed to raise $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod.

The “Decent Place to Live” campaign will help with Habitat for Humanity’s work to construct affordable homes for local families.

The campaign has kicked off with a $15,000 gift from the Cape Cod 5 Foundation.

Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Executive Director Vikki Goldsmith said the campaign is a huge community commitment.

“It represents engagement and commitment by a number of clubs across the Cape and their membership,” Goldsmith said.

Along with the donation from Cape Cod 5, Goldsmith says Habitat has also begun receiving donations from the various Rotary clubs and members.

“The Rotaries do this kind of major campaign, as I understand, only from time to time – it’s such a big effort,” Goldsmith said. “And we were very honored when they began talking to Habitat for Humanity here on Cape Cod that they would like to do this to support the work we do.”

The funds will not be used for just one specific project and will be spread across several Habitat Builds all around the Cape.

“It allows us to devote the funds to any of our current and upcoming projects that need a little cash infusion in order to pay for materials or contract services,” Goldsmith said.

“We are putting in roads. We are putting in drainage. We have really significant costs as we build homes across the Cape.”

Habitat is currently finishing up seven homes in Marstons Mills and Dennis.

The organization will also raise walls on 11 more homes in 2019 in Brewster, Wellfeet and Mashpee.

“We will definitely be able to put those dollars into homes quite directly as they are received,” Goldsmith said.

Cape & Islands Rotary Assistant District Governor Brad Boyd said he knew they had to do something big for Habitat after visiting a construction site, meeting volunteers and hearing first-hand from new homeowners the difference owning their own home meant to them and their families.

“Our members serve their communities every day in many different ways and we couldn’t find a more deserving cape-wide cause than supporting Habitat’s mission of providing affordable, safe, secure homes,” Boyd said.

Habitat has built 135 affordable homes on all 15 towns of the Cape.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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