The Union Recorder


April 21, 2014

Price drops for Habitat 5K Run and Orange Vest Fest

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Habitat for Humanity is hosting the Orange Vest Fest and 5K Run this weekend at Central State Hospital's Pecan Orchard at Central State Hospital.

Murali Thirumal, executive director of MBCHFH, hopes the Saturday event will serve three main purposes: to raise money for the organization, spread awareness for the organization and bring the local community together.

“We value the fact that every penny raised by this event will stay in Baldwin County,” Thirumal said.

To symbolize the function of Habitat for Humanity the event has been named the Orange Vest Fest, and to go along with the theme race participants are encouraged to dress in construction worker type of costumes.

The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and there will also be a festival after he race lasting until noon. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $15 for kids under age 12; this price includes a T-shirt.

There will be a variety of free food samples that each participant will receive immediately following the 5K, in addition to the T-shirt. The festival will involve various activities for all ages, including a relay race, a photo booth, face painting, and several vendors from local restaurants and businesses.

MBCHFH currently works in partnership with families to build at least one house per year and has built 18 homes since 1994.

The local affiliate is supported by donations from churches, businesses and individuals along with the proceeds of the resale store, the ReStore.

Habitat's mission of eliminating substandard housing throughout Milledgeville and Baldwin County has gained momentum.

Habitat closed on its first home in five years last September.

Currently, three families are extremely close to moving into another home on Leo Court. The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate narrowed the list down from 26 applicants and will serve a second family in two years.

Thirumal said the selection committee approaches the final choice.

Vital home visits of the final three applicants will determine who earns a three-bedroom and two-bathroom residence.

Potential homeowners can't make too much that they qualify for a traditional loan but must have a steady enough job to pay back the Habitat loan.

Each partner family purchases their home with an interest-free 20-year mortgage and performs at least 300 hours of sweat equity labor on their homes and other homes being constructed for consideration.

Habitat receives applications all year.

Habitat wants to build neighborhoods not just place people in homes. Harrisburg's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) is off and running as well.

Under the NRI, volunteers paint and handle minimal outdoor repairs.

Long-term strategic planning has Milledgeville's Habitat serving two families per year with housing. This includes selling a selected family an affordable house whether it's rehab or new.


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