We’re excited to welcome Ian Spence to our volunteer team! Ian, a local high school student, is helping Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity develop a series of videos designed to help us communicate the story of our mission and how we accomplish our goals. We asked Ian a few questions to help everyone get to know him a bit better:
How did you first get involved with Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity?
The staff at Habitat became familiar with my work when I began uploading videos I’d produced to Facebook. They realized what a perfect fit I would be for several upcoming projects and the rest is history.
Why do you think volunteering with us is important?
Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is important to me because I believe the work is important to our community.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a junior at Marianna High School and am dual enrolled at Chipola College. I am an officer in three clubs and a member of three others. I do lights and sound for many functions that are held at the high school and in my free time, I film and edit various videos for people. I plan on getting a Master’s of Science in Information Technology from FSU.
We’re looking forward to working with Ian and hope you’ll all say hello if you see him at one of our upcoming events!
On Thursday, October 22, the team from Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity met with representatives from Auburn University Rural Studio and Chipola College for a preconstruction meeting and site visit. The lots included in this project site will soon be home to four new homes.
This project is unique in that these homes will be one or two-bedroom models, which allows Habitat to build on smaller lots than usual and provide housing in spaces that would typically be too small for the standard three-to-four-bedroom Habitat home.
This is also the first time that an owner hasn’t been identified and pre-approved ahead of the build. Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity hopes that seniors and veterans in particular will apply for ownership of the homes.
Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity is grateful to Gulf Power for their support of the Morris Avenue project via the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program (CCTCP). This program provides a financial incentive (50% tax credit) to encourage Florida businesses to make donations toward community development and housing projects of low-income persons.
The tax credit is easy for a business to receive. Corporations located anywhere in Florida that make donations to an approved community development project may receive a tax credit equal to 50% of the value of the donation. Businesses may take the credit on Florida corporate income tax, franchise tax, insurance premium tax, or sales and use tax.
Find out more about how you can help Habitat build more houses through this program by visiting https://www.chipolahabitat.org/how-to-help/sponsor/.