Habitat for Humanity to dedicate Cortland home

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CORTLAND, N.Y. — Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins & Cortland Counties (TCHFH) is pleased to invite the community to an Open House and Home Dedication/Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 21st from 9 am to 12 noon at the house at 3937 Highland Road in Cortland. The entire community is invited to help TCHFH thank volunteers and welcome the Partner Family into their new home!

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3937 Highland Road nearly completed in April, 2016 (provided photo)

There will be a landscaping work day beginning at 9:00 am, and the house will be open to tour. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Partner Family, as well as TCHFH volunteers and staff. The Dedication and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony will take place at 11:00 am in the house, but come early if you would like to lend a hand with spring planting! Everyone is invited to come learn more about TCHFH, thank our dedicated volunteers, and enjoy refreshments.

Habitat homes are built almost entirely with volunteer labor and costs are minimized by donated materials, discounted services, and generous contributions from many local supporters. A few of the largest local contributors for 3937 Highland Road have been: Beck Equipment, The Carson Group, Carina Construction Services, Red Barn Cabinetry, Ryan Walczak Excavating, and Sunny Brook Builders. Gift in Kind partnerships facilitated by Habitat for Humanity International include Whirlpool, Square D, and Yale Locks & Hardware. The house is partially sponsored by grant funding from the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, with assistance from Habitat for Humanity of New York State.

There has been a small but dedicated group of skilled individuals who work several times a week, and have taken the houses on with real pride, including: Keith Randolph, Jack Banfield, Mark Macera, Doug Flannigan and Doug Hatch. In addition, volunteer groups from a few businesses and organizations such as Renovus Solar, Bike & Build, NYSEG, and JM Murray have come out to help complete these homes. Deborah Huttleston, a machinist at Cortland Machine and Tool, and sons Ethan and Adam, who attend Cortland Christian Academy and St. Mary’s School, are excited to soon be making their homeownership dream a reality.