Silver Lake, NH, October 02, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Mount Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity depends on volunteers and donations to build houses for the needy in the Mount Washington Valley area of New Hampshire. And one of its champions is a local home improvement store rooted both in Mount Washington Valley and community involvement: Silver Lake Home Center.
Habitat for Humanity builds one house per year for deserving area families. Silver Lake Home Center quietly donates $5000 each year on behalf of their employees to help the local chapter reach its goal. This home-town retailer’s generosity is on a Big Box scale: their annual donation, each year for the past four years, matches a recent, one-time donation by a national home improvement chain. Silver Lake Home Center “pays for at least 10% of the cost of the house (each year)” said Robert Magoun, immediate past president of Mount Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity. “That’s a tremendous contribution.”
What seems to impress Magoun most is that Silver Lake Home Center is not just interested in its own success. They consistently involve national manufactures and vendors in donating additional materials needed for each project. “They seem to have the habitat mission in mind, the way they reach out to their other vendors and to other people. They encourage their contractors to participate with us.”
“They’ve actively sought from their suppliers to contribute, so it’s been much more than the $5000 they (SLHC) contribute. They’ve gotten vinyl siding and roofing for this house we’re working on right now,” Magoun stated.
“They’ve stuck with us throughout these past years. We’ve certainly never had any other organization that stayed with us as long as they have. You have people that come in on one house but they seem to have the long term feeling for Habitat. This is the fourth house they’ve done with us,” he said. “They look for ways that they can help us. It’s through them that we’ve gotten involved in the White Mountain Home Builders Association. They run a function every year…a Honey Do Auction…all the proceeds of that are donated to Habitat for Humanity. That affiliation came about from working with Silver Lake Home Center.”
Under the direction of Mark and Heather Sherwood, Silver Lake Home Center has expanded from its humble beginnings as a small hardware store and lumber yard to a professional resource home improvement center and full service lumber yard. Yet for all their growth over the last few years, they remain committed to the small town/small store experience of ‘customer service on a first name basis’ – something their customers can’t seem to get enough of. “We’ve been fortunate,” Mark Sherwood has said. “We’re part of the community and always will be. It’s more than our business – it’s our home.”
Habitat for Humanity's goal is to eradicate poverty, by offering affordable homes, built by the owners and volunteers. Talking about the project currently in the works, Magoun enthusiastically said “This is exciting. We’re building two houses this year simultaneously…usually we build one a year. (Because of the late spring) we’re hurrying to get them both closed in before the snow flies.”
The two houses under construction are #7 & #8 in an eleven lot subdivision. To date, six have been completed. Two families -The Reunings and the Woodwards - are anxiously anticipating the move-in date, scheduled for early in the New Year. Damon and Deborah Reuning and their three children, Aryanna, 17, Chance 13, and Zavier, 10 have lived in Conway village for more than 9 years. Damon, a native of Conway, was raised and educated in the town. He is the owner of Damon’s Tree Service. Deborah has recently enrolled at Granite State College and is planning to study architecture.
Shauna Woodward lives with her two children in Albany, NH. She grew up in nearby Tamworth, NH. Daughter Jordan, age 11, and son Domenic, age 9, are students in the local elementary school. Shauna has worked at Jogalite in Madison for the past 8 years. She is also a college student and has completed two and a half years toward a degree in psychology. Shauna was one of the Women Build! Volunteers, when she was surprised by the announcement that she had been selected as the family to receive the house she was working on one morning.
Habitat for Humanity is an organization based on help(ing) ‘those who can help themselves. It is not a give-away program. It offers a hand-up, not a hand-out. Houses are built with volunteer labor and donated materials. Each Habitat for Humanity homeowner is expected to provide hundreds of hours of sweat equity, a small down-payment, and to become a mortgage holder and to be a full tax-paying property owner.’
For more information about Silver Lake Home Center, visit their website at www.silverlakehome.com.