Habitat for Humanity sets projects, fundraiser

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Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity not only raises the roof on the houses it renovates and constructs, it will also “Raise the Roof” for its second annual fundraiser on Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville. The locally famous duo T.J. North will play and sing music of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s as participants eat, dance and support a basket raffle and silent auction to raise funds that will allow Habitat for Humanity to continue its work in Chautauqua County.

Great food will be available for all ticketholders, including mini beef on weck, pizza, meatballs, bruschetta, deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, a full salad bar, cheese, crackers, veggies and relishes. There will also be a cash bar.

The singing and dancing will start at 7 p.m., and the drawings for the raffle baskets as well as the announcements of winners for the silent auction will occur around 8:30. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting a board member or calling or texting Mike Ricketts, president, at 338-8864.

Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity has launched a significant building campaign this year to add three more houses to its existing 30 homes. The all-volunteer organization works mostly on Saturday mornings and will begin work first at 27 Norton St., Jamestown, where it will start the construction of a new house as soon as weather allows the excavation for a foundation that will then be poured.

Soon after the Jamestown house starts, a renovation will begin at 127 Union St., Westfield, followed by another renovation at 44 Babcock Ave., Silver Creek in late summer. These three houses will be a challenge for the organization, since funding for all the construction materials must be generated so that the volunteers can do their work on these sites.


The families with children under 18 who apply for these houses must invest between 250 and 500 hours of “sweat equity”; have an income that falls between 60% and 80% below the median income for Chautauqua County so that they can pay the mortgage on the house; and be currently living in a dwelling that is inadequate or unsafe for the family. Those interested in becoming a future Habitat homeowner can call 716-951-8111 for more details.

Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity needs your help! Supporting the fundraiser by purchasing tickets or donating items to be raffled or auctioned is one way to help. Other ways include becoming a volunteer to work on construction (no prior experience in construction needed); becoming a provider of refreshments for one of the work sites; joining a committee for family selection and support, construction, or community outreach, which includes fundraising. Habitat for Humanity also accepts donations at any time of the year, and can help people make decisions about placing CAHfH in a will.

Come and join the fun on Friday at Chautauqua Suites and support a cause that creates hope for families, neighborhoods and entire communities. As each house is built, a neighborhood is improved, and a community has property returned or added to its tax base.

Most importantly, a family is given stability and hope. It is truly a win-win for everyone.