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Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg Earns Giving Back Award from Coastal Virginia Magazine

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is a recipient of one of Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Giving Back Awards designed to honor Coastal Virginia’s outstanding nonprofit organizations and businesses that give back to the local community.

The purpose of the Giving Back Awards is to shine a spotlight on those nonprofit organizations and businesses that transform our communities and enrich our lives in a variety of ways with charitable or cultural missions or through partnerships and targeted initiatives.

The local affiliate of the international nonprofit sold homes to eight families in 2021 with seven under construction. Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg spearheads three major fundraisers annually: Run the DOG 5K in Williamsburg, Raise the Roof Gala in Newport News and its 18-hole charity golf tournament, all of which raised money to build Habitat homes locally.

Habitat completed construction of the first-ever 3D printed Habitat house in the nation in the fall of 2021. Built in Williamsburg, the home was sold to a local family — a mother and her son — who moved in a few days before Christmas.

Habitat is always exploring new ways to build more efficient homes to meet the growing need. Currently, 3D printing construction is underway in Newport News for two more homes and four homes will soon start construction in Charles City County with energy-efficient Insulating Concrete Forms.

The Giving Back Awards were presented on Nov. 9 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach. Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg will be featured in the November-December 2022 issue of Coastal Virginia Magazine for the distinction.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg also recently won the Special Project Award from Hampton Roads Housing Consortium (HRHC). This award recognizes an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding commitment, effectiveness and innovation in meeting any housing-related needs through a project or specific program.

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We help as many families as we can, but the lack of decent and affordable housing remains a critical problem in our area. By donating, you will provide upfront funding for building materials and services that makes interest-free loans to Habitat partner families possible. Habitat partner families help to build their own homes - alongside volunteers - and pay an affordable mortgage. Your monetary donations enable us to continue building strength, stability and independence for future local families.