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Elected officials encouraged to donate time to Habitat
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For the second year, County Commissioner Blaine Wilcher is encouraging all elected officials in Warren County to spend a day lending a helping hand to Habitat for Humanity.
“This year’s Habitat Day for elected officials is April 16,” said Wilcher during the full Warren County Commission meeting. “I hope to see everyone there. We had a few come out last year and we’re hoping for even more this year.”
The house is being constructed on Willow Run. Commissioner Gary Prater is donating a BBQ lunch for the volunteers.
 “This is not political,” said Wilcher. “This is an opportunity to do something positive with a lasting effect. I plan on having a crew of Republicans, Democrats, independents, friends, and relatives working together.”
Wilcher has been volunteering with Warren County Habitat for Humanity since 2014 and is encouraging others to get involved.
“I have always wanted to help with the Habitat organization, but I didn’t know how,” said Wilcher. “If anyone wants to help and can, call me at 931-743-2461. We usually start around 7:30 a.m. with a devotional. Then, we work until lunch and finish around 4 p.m. or so. Gary has donated barbecue for us. I thought that was awesome.”
Officials usually aren’t cutting boards, driving nails or laying asphalt shingles. Their day is usually dedicated to something a little less strenuous, such as setting appliances in place, hanging curtain rods, etc.
Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)3 charity which puts to use the skills of volunteers to build homes for needy families. The homes are not free. Habitat homeowners must pay back the material cost of the home without interest over 20-25 years. Monthly payments average $292, which includes payment against the principal, taxes, and home insurance.
Habitat homes average 1,000 square feet for a three-bedroom home and 1,100 square feet for a four-bedroom home. All homes have two full bathrooms. There are several different Habitat home floor plans available including a handicap-accessible home with wheel chair ramps.

For more information on Warren County Habitat for Humanity, visit www.hfhofwarrencounty.com or call 668-6166.