NAHS club, restaurant partner up for Habitat fundraiser
The New Albany High School Habitat for Humanity club has organized a fundraiser to raise money for home construction this year.
Club members will work with New Albany restaurant Ella to host the event.
Ella will take reservations for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at 614-855-4600. Cash payments for dinner will be accepted and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity MidOhio, which serves the greater Columbus area.
Sixteen-year-old Adam Erlichman, who is president of the Habitat club, said he learned that the local Habitat for Humanity chapter was low on funds and was not going to be able to complete a lot of projects this year.
"I try to volunteer there as much as I can," he said. "When I went to volunteer one weekend, they said they had no new projects because they are too low on funds.
"I felt I had to do something. It's my responsibility."
Larry Shuman, public relations and marketing director for Habitat for Humanity MidOhio, said the organization always is raising funds.
"The need is great and has been in the community for a long time," Shuman said.
Erlichman said he worked with the high school club to schedule the event. So far, he's received $165 in cash donations and there are 30 reservations for Ella on Feb. 25.
Erlichman said Habitat for Humanity selects people who can't afford homes and raises between $25,000 and $100,000 to help them build one with the help of volunteers.
"They select people and through 100 hours of hard work and labor, they get these houses," Erlichman said. "The houses go to truly deserving people."
Shuman said the homeowners must qualify for low-income status and put in 100 hours of construction time, also taking 100 hours of education on homeownership and financial literacy.
Habitat for Humanity holds the mortgage in an interest-free loan on the home once it is built and the homeowners make payments so they can take over the mortgage and eventually own the home.
Habitat for Humanity MidOhio has built 235 homes since 1987, according to the organization's website.
Erlichman said he hopes to encourage more participation in Habitat for Humanity's cause and create new partnerships between the New Albany community and Habitat, like the one with Ella.
He said fundraisers also help get the attention of corporate sponsors.