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Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers and funds

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) – Along Lynchburg’s Hillview Street, Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity volunteers work diligently to build a home for Beatrice Payne and her family.

“I love volunteers. I met many people. I have befriended a lot of people and a lot of them sign the walls inside my house to be always remembered,” Payne said.

But it’s people like these that Habitat needs. According to Resource Development Manager Josh Gaston, the pandemic has put a strain on the number of volunteers they have. Now they need people to help them lead.

“We have a very big need, especially for regular crew volunteers. They are volunteers who go out on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, who are here, who learn the trade and learn to build the house that we can count on to help lead the groups that we have coming, “said Gaston.

But the misfortunes do not stop there.

The cost of supplies has gone up, which has a direct impact on Habitat’s portfolio and forces it to ask for more sponsorships.

“After COVID, mainly due to supply chain issues, the cost of building a house went up 25% to 30%,” Gaston said. “Right now we’re looking at around $85,000 to $90,000 to build a house.”

Despite the issues, they have several projects they are committed to working on. And they will continue to change lives doing this work.

“Once it’s built, they’re welcome to come see it,” Payne said. “I told them the door would be open. I’ll open the door for them, let them in and take a look.

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