Chances are, if you know me, you know how strong my love for traveling is. I have been blessed with the opportunity to visit and explore some of the most amazing places in the world. My desire to continue exploring is ever growing. I truly believe traveling is a constant lesson on life, happiness and most importantly - ourselves.
Every year, one of my childhood best friends, Dara, and I cross a trip off our "bucket list". This year, we decided to plan a trip with a meaning far greater than ourselves. In September, we will be traveling to Krakow, Gliwice and Pszczyna, Poland with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through their 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing. I am beyond thrilled for the opportunity to play a small role in such a tremendous organization and mission. My fundraising goal of $2,000 would ensure that Habitat for Humanity can continue to partner with folks in our community, and all over the world, far beyond 2020. I've had the privilege of working in non-profit in the past and I know how much every penny makes a difference. With your help, I promise to bring joy and laughter to everyone involved in the building of this house and, of course, to the future family who gets to call this house "home". Your support would mean the world to me.
Much love, Julia
Economic Housing Institute research indicates that almost one in four apartments in Poland should be condemned. Of the existing housing stock, approximately one in eight do not have a kitchen, and almost one in ten share a toilet with an entire floor of apartments or have no indoor facility at all. With a severe affordable housing shortage, low-income families often have no choice but to live in substandard housing that threatens their health and safety.
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 40 countries to work alongside communities, build housing solutions, and experience local culture. Our goal is to change the lives of the people we serve, as well as the lives of the volunteers.
To join a team or learn more, visit www.habitat.org/gv.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
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