Delaware County residents can share their talents and raise funds for Delaware County Habitat for Humanities by participating in the HabitaTalent Show, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Ohio Wesleyan University Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

Delaware County residents can share their talents and raise funds for Delaware County Habitat for Humanities by participating in the HabitaTalent Show, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Ohio Wesleyan University Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

Auditions for the show will be held through Jan. 31, said event organizer Kristen Kalinowski, a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University and an intern the county Habitat for Humanities.

The show is a coordinated effort between OWU Habitat for Humanity club and the county Habitat's Youth United group. Participants may be of any age and talent, Kalinowski said. People interested in auditioning should send a request for an audition form to kekalino@owu.edu.

Kalinowski developed the talent show idea "to get OWU students and local high school students more involved with Habitat, she said.

"I wanted to create a fundraiser that would be fun for this age group. Being in a sorority at OWU has taught me that service events get the most attendance when the event is interactive and entertaining. This event is a way for a younger age group to have a good time, show off a talent they have and benefit their community all at once," Kalinowski said.

"This is the first time our affiliate has done a fundraiser like this," said Valerie Wigton, Habitat resource development director.

The funds will go toward the Youth United build, in which young members raise all needed funds.

The cost to build a Habitat house is about $100,000 in Delaware County. That cost includes the land, permits, fees and materials.

This is the second Youth United build in the county, Wigton said. The first was completed in early 2009. The group is a Habitat affiliate for ages 5 to 25.

The group has raised two-thirds of the total cost to date, Wigton said.

Kalinowski began working as an intern for the area Habitat in August 2010, Wigton said. The internship was to last only one semester, and Kalinowski asked to continue.

"This internship began just as a way of gaining work experience before graduating, but turned into so much more for me,"Kalinowski said. "The mission of Habitat and the passion that all of the employees have at this affiliate really inspired me to get more involved. Since beginning my internship, I have watched several families on their journey to becoming home owners, which has touched my heart and has given me so much more than just work experience."

Tickets for the talent show cost $5 for general admission and $3 for students. They will be sold in advance and at the door. More information is available at habitatdelawareco.org.