GALLIA COUNTY — All 88 local retired teacher chapters in Ohio, including Gallia County Retired Teachers Association, learned last year of a volunteer partnership to be established in 2016 between the Ohio Retired Teachers Association (ORTA) and Habitat for Humanity of Ohio.
The partnership is intended to promote and encourage, both at the ORTA state level and, voluntarily, at the local chapter level, retired teacher volunteerism activities to support Habitat families’ home-building efforts.
A partnership “kick-off” ceremony brought the two organizations together last October at the ORTA office, Columbus, as part of ORTA’s annual fall state board meeting. The program featured Habitat for Humanity State Executive Director Ryan Miller’s presentation of a video about Habitat for Humanity’s history and its current activities around Ohio, the United States, and the world. ORTA then President-Elect Carol Remington and Public Relations Chairman Claudia Trombla arranged for the 35 state board members present at the ceremony to wear ORTA/Habitat hard hats and carpenter pocket aprons.
Activities have been carried out during 2016 to provide support for Habitat families. The partnership also offers potential benefits to the ORTA and Habitat organizations themselves through these expanded community involvement activities.
Gallia County Retired Teachers recently collected $225 to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern Ohio to buy building materials and supplies. Most recently they donated a basket of Gallia County items for their annual Taste of Southeastern Ohio Habitat for Humanity fall fundraiser held at Hocking College in Nelsonville.
“Our retired teachers know well the critical importance of a good home for a family. The ORTA – Habitat partnership has provided a convenient way for our chapter to focus more intensive efforts in 2016 on Habitat’s long and highly respected home-building program. Habitat for Humanity offers a hand-up rather than a hand-out assistance to families who are putting forth good effort to build a better home and life for themselves,” said Donna DeWitt, former President of Gallia County RTA and current Publicity Chair, “and we invite our community to join us in this most worthwhile partnership. Any interested party may contact Samantha Waldron at Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio at 740-592-0032, ext. 102, to find out how they can help.”
Submitted by Donna DeWitt.