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Long Neck Sunrise Rotary donates to Habitat for Humanity

March 18, 2020

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity to assist in its home repair and home building programs.

Funds were raised at the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club’s popular golf tournament held last June at the Peninsula on the Indian River Bay.

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kevin Gilmore said the organization has built or rehabbed and sold 144 homes since its founding in 1991 and hopes to build an additional 94 homes over the next seven years. It has served 539 people through homeownership (187 adults and 352 children) and assisted 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 said, “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 percent 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,” said John Berner, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club president. “The work they do is truly needed in our community.”

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m., Tuesdays for breakfast at the Ocean Grill II on Long Neck Road. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome.