Habitat Choptank Board of Directors Creates Nancy Andrew Team Development Fund

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From Left to Right: Nancy Andrew, Lolita Corsey, and Habitat Choptank Board President Charlie Bohn.

Volunteers, staff, homebuyers and community members met at Habitat Choptank homes for sale in Dorchester and Talbot counties to celebrate Nancy Andrew’s eight years of dedication and service to Habitat for Humanity Choptank and to wish her well in her future plans.

Charlie Bohn, President of the Board of Directors of Habitat Choptank, also announced the creation of an Endowment fund in her honor.  Bohn shared the purpose of The Nancy Andrew Team Development Fund is “to honor the legacy that Nancy leaves behind which is characterized by her profound appreciation for and encouragement of volunteers and staff.  Such an investment in those who do so much for our organization can only translate to a more effective and efficient delivery of Habitat’s programs and services, as well as lead to an increased satisfaction and enthusiasm on the part of staff and volunteers.”

Nancy Andrew was deeply moved by the tribute and shared her heartfelt thanks to those in attendance.  “At its core, Habitat is about a community of people coming together in common action: volunteers, home buyers, staff, donors and community partners. The relationships that we create in this effort are one of Habitat Choptank’s greatest resources.  While the Habitat mission is a simple notion of empowering people in need to build strength, stability and self- reliance through affordable home ownership, there are many moving parts that go into delivering on this. As we continue to expand our services, it’s critical that we invest in our people to make growth possible. It’s humbling that Habitat Choptank would put my name to a fund that will serve to support and nurture the people who make the mission so impactful.”

For those interested in contributing to the Nancy Andrew Team Development Fund, Endow Maryland tax credits are available and worth 25% of the contributed amount.  These tax credits are made possible through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation where Habitat Choptank will invest the funds.  Checks can still be made payable to Habitat Choptank, with Andrew Team Development Fund in the memo line, and mailed to PO Box 2366, Easton MD or dropped off at the organization’s main office which is located at 29350 Maple Avenue in Trappe.

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has empowered 75 households from Talbot and Dorchester counties to build the stability, security and self-reliance that comes from buying a home with monthly mortgage that they can afford. Each home buyer contributed 300-400 hours of “sweat equity” in the building of those houses.  While selling its homes to mostly first time and even first generation home buyers, Habitat Choptank continues to maintain a less than 2% foreclosure rate with only one home foreclosed over the 25 year history. Currently, 12 buyers are working through Habitat’s multi-step program toward purchasing homes under construction in Cambridge, Hurlock and Easton.  For information about home ownership, to volunteer with Habitat Choptank or to make a donation, visit www.habitatchoptank.org or call 410-476-3204.

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