Little house — big impact

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Mark D. Story, habitat's executive director, with State Representative Rob Kauffman at the Franklin County Fair, moments before the winning name is pulled.

Habitat For Humanity of Franklin County launched a brand-new fundraiser this year called “Building Hope Giveaway”.  Home Place Structures in Lancaster County offered Habitat a picturesque Backyard Cottage made by Amish carpenters. The approximate value of this little house was $3,000. For every $10 gift made to Habitat, individuals received a numbered paper key for their opportunity to win the little house.  Area businesses were invited to contribute financially to Habitat as corporate sponsors. Paper keys were made available at various retail locations including Sunnyway Foods, Decals & More and the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce. Todd Auto Body donated its services by moving the backyard cottage to strategic locations throughout county. In late August State Representative Rob Kauffman pulled the winning key at the Franklin County Fair. Laura Bennett of Greencastle is now the proud owner of our 2010 Building Hope Giveaway backyard cottage.

This fundraiser brought in just over $10,000 to help build and rehabilitate homes in Franklin County for low-income families in need. Tentative plans are being made for the 2011 Building Hope Giveaway project, hopefully featuring a locally-crafted gazebo.

For information about Habitat of Franklin County call Mark Story, executive director, at 717-267-1899 or visit

Habitat thanks the following for corporate sponsorship of this initiative: Fuddruckers of Chambersburg, 1ST Home Mortgage, EXIT Preferred Realty, Orrstown Bank, Smith Elliott Kearns, Brechbill & Helman, Met Life, Preferred Choice Settlement, F&M Bank, Tower Bank, Graphics Universal, Rotz & Stonesifer, Salzmann & Hughes, Lowes Chambersburg, Lowes Waynesboro, Lowes Shippensburg, Carter Lumber, Susquehanna Bank, State Farm Insurance and Jack Gaughen Realtor/ERA - Harold Bricker.