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Donor helps make possible first Habitat house in Goliad

By Sonny Long
July 1, 2012 at 2:01 a.m.
Updated July 2, 2012 at 2:02 a.m.


PAYING IT FORWARD

Another area nonprofit organization received a substantial gift last week.

A donor has donated to the Yorktown Historical Society the funds it needs to complete its goal of $100,000 for installation of a climate control system for the museum. The climate control system is needed to help preserve the museum's exhibits in a stable environment.

The Yorktown Historical Society continues to accept donations for continued operation of the museum, including paying the electricity bill to operate the climate control system.

Goliad is set to get its first Habitat for Humanity home, thanks to an unknown benefactor.

An anonymous donor pledged to match other donations up to $10,000 for the construction of a new home for an eligible Goliad family.

"This is incredibly exciting, and is just another indicator of how supportive the Goliad community is of the Habitat for Humanity mission," said Cynthia Staley, executive director of Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

In order to be matched by the donation, gifts to the Goliad build should be received no later than Aug. 31, Staley said.

The organization recently expanded its services into Goliad and Jackson counties and also will soon serve Lavaca County.

Applicants for the Goliad build should call 361-573-2511 for information about application procedures. An orientation for potentially eligible applicants will be near the end of August, said Staley.

She said volunteers are needed to serve on the board of directors, committees and there are other opportunities to help.

"We are also setting up build teams for those who would like to be a part of the first build in Goliad," she said. "The family must take part in the build, too, putting in 'sweat equity' and it's exciting for us when our volunteers work side-by-side with the family on their new home."

Land acquisition in Goliad is also in the works, as Habitat is partnering with the city of Goliad to find a suitable location, Staley said.

Similar organizational activities are taking place in Jackson County, Staley said.

"This is an exciting time for us," said Staley. "Not only have we had this generous donation, but the first build in Goliad won't be far behind."

Chartered in Victoria in 1994, Habitat for Humanity has built 75 homes in Victoria since 1996.

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