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An organization of dedicated volunteers noted for building homes in various communities in Ogle County is an active partner with the Autumn on Parade festival.

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County (HFHOC) was selected as the 2014 Unit of Honor and recognized in the Harvest Time Parade.

"We were excited to hear we were chosen for this honor," said Gail Tuttle, HFHOC Volunteer Coordinator. "We've worked closely with AOP for security for several years. It's a real pleasure."

For the past several years, HFHOC has provided volunteers to man barricades at intersections for the festival in downtown Oregon. In return, Autumn on Parade makes an annual donation of $1,500 to the organization.

Since it was founded, HFHOC has completed 11 houses.

So far, HFHOC volunteers have built two homes in Forreston, both of which have been sold, one in Byron, four in Polo, two in Oregon, and one in Mt. Morris.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry, comprised of volunteers, that welcomes to all people dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.

Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than a million people.

Future homeowners help build their homes and then buy them through affordable, no-profit mortgages; their payments go into a Fund for Humanity to build additional homes.

To be chosen as the recipient of a Habitat home, a family must apply and undergo a lengthy selection process.

Once selected, home recipients are required to put in the a number of “sweat equity” hours by helping to build their new home.

Each home carries an interest-free mortgage.

The new homeowner makes payments that include the loan, insurance, and taxes. Often this payment is less than rent would be.

HFHOC continually seeks funds, donations, and volunteers to help keep the final mortgage as low as possible.

For more information call HFHOC at 815-732-6855 or Tuttle at 815-494-2114 or visit www.habitat.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County broke ground May 3 on a new home in Oregon. Pictured here are Tom Hughes, Oregon Mayor Tom Stone, Lori Wagner, Josh Franks, Randy Wagner, Dave Starke, habitat president Bob Van Stedum, and family Vincenzo and Jennifer Larson.