Delaware County Habitat for Humanity will hold a “Soups for Shelter” fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the St. Mary School commons, 66 E. William St., Delaware.
The event will feature homemade soups prepared by executive chefs from area restaurants, served in ceramic bowls handcrafted by students from local high schools and the Columbus College of Art and Design, said Valerie Wigton, Habitat's resource development director.
“Money from the fundraiser goes into our homebuilding-home repair program,” Wigton said.
Powell resident Eileen Watts is co-chair for the event which attracted more than 400 people last year.
“We hope to have even more people come this year,” said Watts, who began volunteering for the organization last year.
“I have a passion for helping people get into affordable housing,” she said. “I have seen the need increasing in the last three to four years, which is what prompted me into action.”
The event is in its 10th year, said Wigton, and this year's goal is $10,000.
Annually the county organization receives more than 30 requests for housing and many more for the new weatherization and repair programs being offered.
The organization currently has seven families working toward homeownership.
The process from applying for a house to becoming a homeowner takes about two years, Wigton said.
“During this time, partner-families are investing sweat equity, 200 hours each, into Habitat's homeownership program by building other Habitat homes and by participating in the Habitat Family Support program, which covers topics such as budgeting, home maintenance, insurance and neighborhood and community involvement. During (that) time, Habitat is raising donations to cover the cost of the lot and construction materials.”
Event tickets are $15 each, which includes a ceramic bowl, or $10 for the soup meal only. Children 12 and under eat free and receive a bowl. The meal includes bread, dessert and a beverage. The event includes a silent auction and raffle. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, and carryout is available.
Wigton hopes to hear from businesses, organizations or individuals who would like to join Richwood Banking Co. as a $1,000 “Golden Spoon” sponsor and Smith Clinic and Big Lots as $500 “Wooden Spoon” sponsors.
“We also have a $750 “Silver Spoon” sponsorship available,” she said.
Soup contributors include The Warehouse Italian restaurant, 1808 American Bistro and Bun’s, said Watts.
Delaware County Habitat for Humanity began in1989.
“We are in the process of completing our 44th home,” Wigton said.
Organizations and businesses interested in supporting Habitat's “Soups for Shelter” should contact Wigton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (740) 363-9950.
For more information on Delaware County Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitatdelawareco.org.