The Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity is known for its efforts in helping families create affordable housing. But this year, Habitat is hoping to expand its charitable efforts.
For 2019, the group is aiming to do “12 months of giving,” by collecting donations for a different local non-profit every month.
“Basically it was just a way for us to help support other non-profits or other agencies throughout the community that were seeking items, or any way that we can help,” said Kesha Schuller, family services manager for the Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity.
Each month, Schuller talks with the chosen non-profit to determine what items they need. Then, Habitat puts out the word and starts collecting donations.
Last month, Habitat kicked off its efforts with “Coffee and Kleenex,” a drive to collect coffee or Kleenex for LifeHouse, the organization formerly known as Care Corps.
For January, Habitat is collecting “Socks and Skivvies” — socks and underwear — for Lutheran Family Services’ boutique where its clients can shop.
“That was one of the things that they said, oftentimes, families go without,” Schuller said.
Donations can be brought to Habitat’s office at 701 E Dodge Street during office hours from Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There’s also a box out by the Habitat HomeStore on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Schuller also said that someone can come and pick up donations if they can’t otherwise be dropped off. To inquire about pickups, or for more information, call Schuller at (402) 721-8771 ext. 3.
Donations have been scarce so far, Schuller said, though this month’s drive only started a week ago. Last month’s drive saw some donations, but Schuller noted that the drive was still new and that there are still ongoing efforts to spread the word.
Habitat is still working to finalize its list of nonprofits for the rest of the year, Schuller said.
Donations can be made until Jan. 31.