Nonprofit of the Week: Mon County Habitat for Humanity

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The 700th Habitat for Humanity house will be completed right here in Morgantown. The house is estimated to be finished by December 31, 2013. Photo Credit: Whitney Godwin.

Mon County Habitat for Humanity and ReStore is part of a larger global nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes and communities. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps build houses and hope. The organization believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. They build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.

The Mon County Habitat for Humanity was established in 1990. The organization has completed over 42 homes and has provided housing for 180 individuals since its inception in Morgantown. The organization welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds, and the Mon County chapter hosts nearly 13,000 volunteers each year.

In addition to building homes, the Mon County Habitat for Humanity also has a Re-Store. Which restores old furniture and offers it to those in need.

I recently sat down with Brianna Robinson to find out more about the organization, what they do, and how they utilize social media.

The organization has helped several families in our area. Each one has a unique story that makes the organization meaningful within our community.

Tara Davis is a Morgantown resident who partnered with Habitat for Humanity to get a new house and a new way of life.

“I decided I needed to find a way to better my life and the life of others,” Davis explained. “I heard about Habitat for Humanity through a friend. The whole experience has been a true blessing.”

Davis has not been given a move in date for her house yet, but says she has learned so much on her journey with Habitat for Humanity.

“I am excited to receive my house,” said Davis. “I’m very blessed and thankful to everyone that has been involved. I have learned so many new skills and have better patience. I have made new friends and worked with numerous others that have ultimately made my life and the future of my children brighter.”

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Mon County Habitat for Humanity updates their Facebook page more frequently than their Twitter page.

As far as social media usage, the Mon County Habitat for Humanity uses both Facebook and Twitter to connect online with volunteers and clients. After visiting both their Facebook page and their Twitter page, it’s clear they could do some more interactive and engaging posts on social media platforms to gain more interest and volunteers. They update Facebook much more frequently than Twitter. For example, they tend to update their Facebook page every couple of days, but sometimes they go without posting on Twitter for a week or two. In addition their Twitter only has 58 followers.

I recently sat down with Brianna Robinson to find out more about the organization, what they do, and how they utilize social media.

The organization will complete the 700th habitat house right here in Morgantown by December 31, 2013.

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