In August 1992 the Old Gulch Fire roared through 17 thousand acres of Calaveras County, destroying 45 homes and 75 outbuildings. Many families had homes damaged by fire, but rebuildable. Citizens banded together to help each other through this disaster. From that terrible time, a new affiliate of Habitat International was born, Habitat for Humanity Calaveras.
Calaveras County is now experiencing the after effects of the devastating September 2015 Butte Fire. At 70,800+ acres burned, over 475 homes destroyed, 343 non-residences destroyed, and 45 homes damaged, the Butte Fire now ranks as the 7th most destructive fire in California history! With your volunteer help or donation the cleanup and rebuild can take place.
As the only non-profit home builder in the County, Habitat for Humanity Calaveras is here to help the long term repair and rebuilding. Habitat Calaveras has helped with disasters including hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake. Now we need to help families in our own county resume the life they love in Calaveras County.
We are ready to help with any housing related issue (fire related or not), and 100% of funds collected will be used in Calaveras County. We know the need will be great. Please give from the heart to help. Share our homepage link on your FB, Instagram, text messaging or other social media so your friends, co-workers, and employers can also share your enthusiam to help. Corporate donatons are also greatly needed and appreciated.
Your generous donaton will help families in Calaveras County affected by this disaster rebuild just like those who survived the Old Gulch Fire did in 1992. Thank you.
Home ownership is the goal of most American families. Putting down roots in a community where you live and work, raise your children, shop and attend social events is the desire of all humanity. Habitat for Humanity Calaveras (HfHC) provides home ownership to responsible local families who already live and work in the community but have yet to own their first home. Together with volunteers, families partner with us to build a simple but modern home that they then buy on very favorable terms. Each family volunteers 400 hours of ‘sweat equity’ and then has a zero-interest mortgage payable to Habitat, based on the cost of building the home and their ability to pay. Payments are then used to build more homes for more families. Contrary to popular belief, Habitat Homes are NOT free!
Habitat families become property owners building equity and are stakeholders in the community. Habitat is a ‘Hand Up’ NOT a ‘Hand Out’. The county benefits from an increased pool of affordable housing, while donors and volunteers are rewarded through their contribution to the local community. Communities become stronger with hard working families building a new life full of promise and hope.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of non-profit organizations such a Habitat Calaveras. Your donation of new building materials, money or labor will help build a strong, vibrant Calaveras County. We thank everyone who is helping and hope you will be inspired to continue your volunteer efforts.
If you haven't yet decided, volunteering with Habitat is an easy way get involved in your community. A few hours each month can make a world of difference. Volunteers with Habitat help in a variety of ways; helping seniors, veterans, or your neighbors with cleaning, painting, construction or home repair, or with the permitting process. The list is endless.
Take a moment to consider how enriched your life will be by volunteering. Use the link to volunteer, or call our office. We will be happy to discuss how you can help.
Are you a victim of the Butte Fire?
If you have suffered fire damage to your home and you need assistance, please call our office. We can enlist volunteers to help you with your specific need. We ask that you leave a message if we don't answer the phone, as our staff members are also victims of the fire, so we may be out of the office or delayed in responding to your calls.