Help Habitat for Humanity during annual buildathon

August 30, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 30, 2010

Help Habitat for Humanity build houses in the Issaquah Highlands and elsewhere in King County during a buildathon planned for mid-September.

Habitat for Humanity of East King County and Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County teamed up for the second annual event. The buildathon runs from Sept. 17-26. Learn more here.

The event is set up like a walkathon. Volunteers sign up to work on Habitat construction sites throughout King County and ask friends and neighbors to sponsor each shift with a financial donation.

Participants can volunteer at any Habitat building site, including the highlands, Federal Way, Pacific and Seattle, or at the Habitat offices in Redmond and Tukwila.

The campaign aims to help the Habitat affiliates raise money to build more homes for families earning 60 percent or less of the median income for King County — or less than $50,580 a year for a family of four.

In King County, 18 percent of single-family homes remain affordable to families earning less than 80 percent of the median income.

Habitat success stories include Mikel and Alissa Talton, and their three children. The family plans to move into a Habitat home in the highlands next month.

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