Rotarians presenting check to Habitat for Humanity

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Donates to Sussex County Habitat For Humanity

Millsboro) (February 4, 2019) — As part of its ongoing mission to change lives within the community, The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club presented a $1,000 donation to Kevin Gilmore, Executive Director, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, to assist in the organization’s home repair and home building programs. Funds for the donation were part of the proceeds raised at the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club’s popular golf tournament held last June at The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay.

The Sussex County Habitat for Humanity organization has built 106 homes in Sussex County since 1991, and hopes to build an additional 94 homes over the next seven years.

Gilmore pointed out that the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity organization has built or rehabbed and sold 144 homes since its founding in 1991.It has served 539 people through homeownership (187 adults and 352 children) and helped over 240 homeowners with small repairs to help them stay in their homes. In the past three years, the organization has provided one-on-one financial literacy coaching to over 600 people.

At the presentation, Gilmore noted: “Thank you to Long Neck Sunshine Rotary Club for its faithful support of the work of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. There are two primary concerns around housing affordability in Sussex County. The first is that there is a lack of inventory and the second is that too many people are paying too much of their income on housing. One in seven households in Sussex County are paying more than 50% of their income on housing.  Every dollar that is given to Habitat helps combat the affordable housing shortage by helping another family with an opportunity to build and buy a home they can afford.”

“We are very happy to be able to support the work of Habitat for Humanity with the proceeds of our annual golf tournament,” noted Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club President, John Berner.  “The work they do is truly needed in our community.”

Pictured at top: Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club presents to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Standing left to right: Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club President, John Berner; Past President Mike Hall; and Sussex County Executive Director Kevin Gimore.