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Habitat for Humanity introducing new, smaller scale program


Habitat for Humanity is known for rehabbing homes and building new ones for families.  But now, Iowa Heartland Habitat of Butler, Bremer, and Black Hawk Counties is offering a smaller scale program to help families make exterior improvements to their home.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the outside of a home in the 1600 block of Woodmayr Drive in Waterloo.  Some of the work they're doing, like landscaping and painting, are jobs volunteers in Butler County could soon be doing as part of Iowa Heartland Habitat's new "A Brush With Kindness" program. 

"We will assess the scope of work that needs to be done on the property.  Because we're working with volunteers, we don't want to get into anything too heavy.  But painting, light roof repair, exterior cleanup are the types of work we're focusing on," said Amanda Herold-Mahncke with Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity.

To qualify for "A Brush with Kindness," a household income can't exceed $34,200.  Families must be willing to partner with Habitat by either volunteering on the project or hosting volunteer crews.  Like larger Habitat builds, many families will also help pay for the work that's completed.

"The loan will be much smaller.  It will be based on the applicant's income, but again will be zero percent interest and repaid to the Habitat office.  Depending on the type of work, there may be no charge to the family," said Herold-Mahncke.

The program promises to spruce up homes, while also promoting awareness of Habitat for Humanity and keeping an active volunteer force in Butler County.

"We're really hoping this is a way to get volunteers engaged as well as spread the word about Habitat, and that we are still interested in building in Butler County, whether it's new construction or revitalizing neighborhoods," Herold-Mahncke said.

Habitat expects that "A Brush with Kindness" will be a popular program, by literally improving homes one brush stroke at a time.

To apply for "A Brush with Kindness" in Butler County, call Habitat at (319) 235-9946.  More information will also be available at the Habitat booth Wednesday-Saturday at the Butler County Fair.  You can also learn more by clicking here.

Additional Notes:

"A Brush with Kindness" is a national Habitat program.  The Iowa Heartland Chapter is only opting to offer it in Butler County right now. 

The program is offered through a number of other Habitat chapters across the state and nation, including the Dubuque-Jackson County chapter.


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