MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua area Habitat for Humanity has announced the launching of a website especially created to make volunteering, family application and other aspects easier and more accessible, according to Marilyn Kurzawa of Silver Creek, secretary for the county's Habitat board of directors.
Uncomplicated and more accessible, www.habitatchaut.org tells the public just about all there is to know, from volunteering to helping with construction to assistance in becoming an applicant for housing.
From the home page, which tells about its 1989 founding as an affiliate of non-profit Habitat for Humanity International, to volunteering, all basic information can be found in the new website. A Christian housing ministry, it adheres to an unusual adage as a "non-profit organization that offers a hand up, not a hand out."
According to Kurzawa, the website was in the making for a few years, and she and Jean McGowan, with input from Kathy Cherry, finally finished it.
"When we were putting this together, we deliberately made it as easy as possible," she said. "We wanted it to be simple to navigate for the 40 percent of Chautauqua County users who do not have access to high speed Internet."
Starting with the home page, necessary information includes how to donate or become a volunteer or a homeowner. It continues to tell about Habitat in the county and displays a calendar. In addition, each topic is no more than one page in length.
"It's deliberately simple," Kurzawa said.
Chautauqua County's Habitat for Humanity has three separate areas - North County, South County and Mid-County - where a home is currently under construction in Mayville. This 100 percent volunteer organization has created home ownership with 24 working-poor families throughout the county.
The main office is in Mayville and can be reached at any time by calling 863-4475. Or, go to the new website, www.habitatchaut.org.