Having served Otsego County for the past 25 years, Habitat for Humanity’s story continues to grow. The organization inspires, provides hope, empowers, educates, supports, and ultimately provides a hand up vs. a hand out. Their vision, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”, is so much more than just giving away houses – together, with the family and community, they build them. The organization doesn’t just give once and walk away either. They are like parents, building the foundation, ensuring all the tools are available, and the family is ready and able to be independent and successful for years to come! They empower families to build, to commit, and to work hard.

“The home ownership program that Otsego County Habitat for Humanity offers has given my family the experience of knowing what having a dream come true really feels like. It’s a wonderful feeling that never really goes away and is felt in many ways, day after day.” – Stacy Bishop, house 23.

“Rebecca Hoggard and I were able to attend our annual conference where we both received training and certification to improve different segments of our nonprofit industry that will enhance best practices in safety, customer service, volunteer engagement, and organizational sustainability.” – Heather Cleveland, ReStore Director.

“Thank you so very much for helping get my house ready for winter. I really don’t know what I would have done without your help! Knowing someone cares and will help is so comforting and a relief that reduces stress and gives one courage and hope” – Barbara Brown Sotherland

Habitat for Humanity was supported this year by the Community Fund of the Otsego Community Foundation and those who attended the 100 Women Who Care event. To learn more about 100 Women Who Care and an hour of philanthropy, please click here.