Frequently Asked Questions
Funding, Family Selection, Donations, and More
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Central Valley Habitat for Humanity?
Central Valley Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry whose objective is to eliminate poverty housing from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience. By having all people work together in equal partnership, Central Valley Habitat hopes to build new relationships and a sense of community as well as new houses.
How is Central Valley Habitat funded?
Funding comes from individuals, churches, corporations, foundations, and other organizations which are moved by concern and compassion to help those in need. No-interest, no-profit mortgage payments are put into a local fund ‘Fund for Humanity’ and recycled to build new houses. New homeowners are also encouraged to contribute what they can in addition to their monthly house payments so they, too, can help others have decent housing.
Who controls and manages Central Valley Habitat for Humanity?
Each affiliate is run by a local board which meets monthly to determine policy and oversee operations. Central Valley’s Board of Directors consists of ten members. Community leaders with expertise in many areas make up our Board. We also have a full-time Executive Director, a part-time Office and Finance Coordinator, a full-time Community Outreach Coordinator, and a full-time Construction Manager who handle day to day operations and report to the Board of Directors.
How are homeowners selected?
Families apply to the local Habitat affiliate. A family selection committee evaluates applications on the basis of housing need, ability to repay the mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat. 400 hours of sweat equity for a couple (200 for an individual) are required. Every project follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
How are donations distributed and used?
All donations are put into our “Fund for Humanity” and used for materials and expenses on local projects. Our goal is to build at least three houses each year. A 10% tithe on undesignated contributions is given to Habitat for Humanity International to build houses in other countries.
Is my contribution to CVHfH tax-deductible?
Yes, Central Valley Habitat for Humanity is incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization.
How do I become a volunteer?
Volunteer signup forms can be filled out here on the website. We need volunteers to work for a day, a week, a month, a year or longer. You can help with construction, by serving on a committee, or with office-related work.
How else can I help?
Pray for Central Valley Habitat! Join one of our 7 (soon to be 8!) committees. Help us secure land for building. Spread the word! Schedule or give a presentation, raise money, distribute Habitat for Humanity literature. And, of course, you can send a check to Central Valley Habitat for Humanity or donate online.
How can I learn more about Central Valley Habitat for Humanity?
You may inquire at the Central Valley Habitat office in Bridgewater. Our phone number is (540) 828 -6288. Literature about Central Valley Habitat and Habitat International and video programs are available upon request. We would be happy to provide a speaker for your church, Sunday School, or business or civic organization.
“A decent home in a decent community for God’s people in need.”
Central Valley Habitat
P.O. Box 245
205 Dry River Rd.
Bridgewater, Virginia 22812