LAURINBURG — With fall just around the corner, the Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County group is preparing for several projects.
The biggest of the projects is the first-ever “Raise the Roof Festival” happening on Sept. 22. The festival will feature a 5K, motorcycle ride, live music, children’s activities, and food vendors as well as a beer tent.
“We’ve wanted to have two events during the year one in the spring on in the fall,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Chris Carpenter. “It brings awareness to the mission of Habitat as well as raising money for it.”
The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness. Habitat was founded in 1968 at a religious community in rural Georgia, and its first home was constructed in 1969. The local organization was founded in 1992 and has built and rehabilitated 48 homes since then.
The September event will be held at Jerry’s Deli and will begin with the 5K at 9:30 a.m., followed by live bands until 5:30 p.m. on the stage. During the 5K there will be a DJ playing music for those who come early or are waiting for those running the 5K.
Carpenter says the 5K will be a safe route with the Laurinburg Police Department on the roads so its safe for all ages. Later in the afternoon will be the motorcycle ride to the Harley Davidson store in Aberdeen.
“There’s going to be something for everyone,” Carpenter said. “That time of year is a great time for the community and we’re adding to the excitement in the community with the event.”
The event will have a gate fee but those who participate in the 5K and motorcycle ride will have the gate fee covered in their fees. For the 5K the price not only includes the gate fee but also a shirt and medal — the price is $30 for adults and $20 for students. The motorcycle ride is $20 for a single rider and $30 for a double; those who participate will also get a shirt.
Habitat is also opening applications for a house is in Wagram, and applications must be in by Aug. 31. According to Carpenter, there are three things that are looked at by the applicants from the family selection committee who reviews them — if the family will have enough income to afford the house payment; if they have the credit for the house payment; and is there a need for it.
“The requirements vary year to year based on who applies,” Carpenter said. “It’s really all up to the committee and who they select based on the applicants.”
Carpenter also discussed the house under construction at Sweetgum Circle, which already has a family that will live in it. Christine Revels, who works at Scotland Memorial Hospital, was selected with her two children to live in the home, and the goal is to have the family in by Thanksgiving.
“We’re beginning construction and are looking for people to donate and volunteer,” Carpenter said.
Habitat homeowners are expected to put “sweat equity” into their new home and volunteer at the Habitat’s ReStore, which supports Habitat projects through the resale of reclaimed construction materials and home furnishings. The new homeowners also take personal finance classes to better manage their money.
For information about the Wagram application, to donate, or volunteer contact at 910-276-3337. To register for the motorcycle ride contact Elizabeth at the Habitat ReStore at 910-276-3395.
Those wishing to participate in the 5K can do so with the following link https://racewire.com/register.php?id=9738.
Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171 or at [email protected]