RENTON, Wash. (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County (Habitat SKC) has been selected as one of seven “Affiliates of Distinction” by Habitat for Humanity International. The Affiliates of Distinction program was established this year by Habitat for Humanity to honor those Habitat affiliates that meet or exceed best-practice standards and to uphold their work as best practices. There are more than 1,500 affiliates in the United States.
The award was presented on March 12 in a ceremony at the 2013 National Affiliate Conference in Atlanta, GA. Kirk Utzinger, Habitat SKC’s CEO and Marty Kooistra, Habitat SKC’s senior advisor of strategy and advocacy, accepted the award on behalf of the Seattle-King County affiliate team, board, volunteers and families.
Habitat SKC was formed last year when the Seattle/South King County and East King County affiliates merged in order to be more effective in providing affordable homeownership to more families in King County.
“This award is immensely gratifying because it validates the bold move by the Boards last year to merge and strongly positions our affiliate for significant scaling into the future,” said Utzinger. “It also recognizes the hard work and dedication of our staff, board, community partners and thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly every day to serve low-income families in need of affordable home ownership in King County.”
The Affiliates of Distinction program was created in order to collect, showcase, and recognize the exemplary efforts of Habitat affiliates. Habitat affiliates considered for the honor were reviewed by seven criteria: sustainable and green building; overall organizational leadership; community development; financial sustainability; alignment with Habitat’s strategic plan; effective use of technology to better communicate with the public; and support for Habitat’s global mission.
“We are incredibly thankful for the extraordinary efforts and service of these first seven Affiliates of Distinction,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “Their innovative thinking and commitment to decent, affordable housing helps many families control their long-term housing costs and contributes to the development of strong, sustainable communities.”
Larry Gluth, Habitat for Humanity’s senior vice president, US and Canada operations, will travel to Seattle to formally present the award to Habitat SKC’s staff, board, volunteers and homeowners at the affiliate’s Annual Breakfast on March 27 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. For more information about the breakfast visit: http://www.habitatskc.org/benefit-breakfast/
About Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County
Habitat for Humanity SKC has partnered with hundreds of organizations in 17 different cities within King County, building or rehabbing more than 300 homes for families in need of affordable housing. The vision of all Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the world is "a world where everyone has a decent place to live."
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit http://www.habitat.org, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitat or at http://www.twitter.com/habitat_org.