It’s a celebratory month for Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity. On May 8, the newest Habitat homeowners will be closing on their home and later this month the group will host its annual golf tournament fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club. The golf tournament is slated for May 26 at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin.
Claire Sellars, executive director of Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity, spoke this week at the Yadkinville Rotary meeting and thanked for the group for its continued support.
“You guys have worked with Habitat for 20 years on this golf tournament,” Sellars told the Rotarians. “Just think of all the things that have happened in that time with your support. We’ve built houses in Yadkinville, Thurmond, Jonesville, Boonville, Elkin. We have changed lives.”
The support from the Rotary clubs of Yadkinville and the Yadkin Valley (Elkin-Jonesville) has been invaluable to Habitat, Sellars said.
“Through the years, players and sponsors have contributed an amazing $268,000 to building decent, affordable shelter with families in Yadkin and the Tri-County,” she said. “Those Habitat houses have become the strong foundation for local families building a better future for themselves and their children. Working side-by-side with Habitat and Habitat homeowners, Rotarians and the golf tournament participants have truly changed lives.”
Rotary Presidents Jerry Stroud (Yadkin Valley Rotary) and David Nance (Yadkinville) have challenged their members to 100-percent participation in this year’s tournament, either as participant recruiters, sponsors, volunteers or golfers, as Habitat completes its latest house in Jonesville.
Also present at the meeting were Travis Martin and Angela Sparks, the newest homeowners who will soon be moving into their home in Jonesville, along with their three children.
“It’s just a blessing to me,” Martin said at Tuesday’s meeting. He added that the new home would be a place where their children could enjoy playing in the yard and making memories, and a place for them to return to someday after they graduate.
The family has completed their financial training and more than 350 volunteer hours working with Habitat as well as saving for their closing costs. After construction is finished in May, Travis and Angela will purchase the home and begin paying an affordable mortgage. The funds from their mortgage will then be used to build more Habitat homes, Sellars said.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the tournament or playing may contact Sellars at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-526-2277 or incoming Rotary President Sam Wagoner at 336-466-2543. The tournament features a buffet lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m., door prizes, skill awards and raffles. Cost is $50 per player.
For more information about Habitat and its home ownership program, visit www.uyvhabitat.org or call 336-526-2277.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.