South County Habitat for Humanity volunteers were celebrated recently at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, held at Christ the King Church in Kingston. Michael Faggella of South Kingstown was awarded the Mark Smith Volunteer of the Year award for the profound impact he has made on the organization in the past year with his efforts to strengthen ties with the University of Rhode Island student chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Sue and Alex Amoruso of Narragansett, who have been volunteering with Habitat in many capacities for more than 18 years, were awarded the J. Whitney and Nancy Bancroft Long-term Service Award.
As the cost of housing continues to rise, so does the demand for affordable housing. Habitat saw a 140 percent increase in the number of applicants this year. Fortunately, say staffers, the number of volunteers has also seen a dramatic increase, with 878 volunteers last year who contributed 24,144 hours, equivalent to a $613,982 donation. Volunteers enjoyed a luncheon catered by West Bay Gourmet and received reusable insulated shopping bags sporting the Habitat logo.
South County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Visit southcountyhabitat.org. Photos by Michael Salerno.