“We are pleased to award this year’s honor to a community service project that has such an immediate and important impact on the local community,” said Gary Garczynski, an NAHB past president and chairman of the National Housing Endowment Board of Trustees, the philanthropic arm of NAHB. “It was a difficult decision since so many of the projects we reviewed resulted in a significant improvement in the lives of others, and it proves once again that home builders across the nation are committed to making a difference in their communities.”
The award was also presented by 2000 NAHB President Bob Mitchell.
More than 1,300 hours were donated to the project by 85 volunteers who work for 30 different HBA member companies. In addition, $180,000 of in-kind services and monetary donations was raised by the association and members, including $30,000 that the association raised through a raffle, the proceeds of which were dedicated to hiring an additional, much-needed counselor for the center.
The center — which has helped more than 7,500 child victims of physical or sexual abuse in Jackson County — provides a place for children to disclose their abuse to law enforcement and child protection workers and to receive the medical, therapy, advocacy and support services they need. All services are provided at no out-of-pocket costs for the families.
For more information about the awards, e-mail Kym Kilbourne at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8447.
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