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Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland Opens Homebuyer Applications
Habitat is seeking qualified applicants for 3 homes in Prince George’s County

By DONNA CLAYBURN
Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland

Silver Spring, Md. (May 6, 2019)—Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (HFHMM) is seeking qualified home purchase applicants for 3 homes located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. 

The first home is located on Gateway Blvd in District Heights, Maryland and is available for immediate purchase. This newly renovated, three bedroom, 1 bath home is centrally located to the Addison Street Metro Station.

HFHMM recently broke ground on two new construction properties located on Jost Street in the city of Fairmount Heights, Maryland and Opus Avenue located in the city of Capitol Heights, Maryland. These three bedroom, two bathroom homes will have approximately 1200+ sq. ft. of living space applying Universal Design Concepts (Contemporary Design that accommodates families at all stages of life).  They are expected to be available for purchase by the end of 2019, however homebuyers will be selected in the coming months.

Applications and more information on Habitat’s program can be found on the website: www.habitatmm.org/home+purchase.

HFHMM works with residents that have a demonstrated need for affordable housing, are income qualified, can afford to pay back a mortgage, and who are willing to partner with the organization.  Habitat provides an affordable mortgage, ensuring that buyers do not pay more than 30% of their income on housing.

Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, presence of children, source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and family responsibilities.

 

Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Inc. (HFHMM) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that serves Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. Since 1982, HFHMM has partnered with the community and low-income families living in substandard conditions to provide decent and affordable housing solutions. HFHMM supports the notion that good, stable housing matters for neighborhoods. Better quality of living leads to stronger citizens and families. Habitat for Humanity is about changing lives, one home at a time. Visit our website at www.HabitatMM.org. 

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Educational Systems Federal Credit Union Teams Up With the Baysox and Local Schools

By VICTORIA SAMUELS
Educational Systems FCU

Greenbelt, Md. (May 6, 2019)—Educational Systems Federal Credit Union celebrates the importance of reading through its annual sponsorship of the Bowie Baysox “Read & Hit a Home Run” program, which reaches over 200 schools and impacts over 35,000 elementary and middle school students.

Through the “Read & Hit a Home Run” program, students who read four books outside the required reading curriculum receive two free tickets to a Baysox Reading Night Game where they are recognized for their achievement. This year also marked the inaugural Baysox jersey design contest. The winning design created by Annabella Mejia, a fourth grader at Belvedere Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, is now featured on a limited edition jersey that’s being worn by the players. After the game on May 18, the jerseys will be auctioned with the proceeds benefitting Belvedere Elementary School.

“For us, it’s an honor to Support Education,” said Chris Conway, President/CEO of Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. “Reading is the foundation for all learning. We believe in encouraging students to read and rewarding those who go above and beyond.”

Educational Systems FCU also proudly sponsors the “Pinch onto Books” reading program with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball team. In addition, the Credit Union supports “Read Across America” by reading to students and donating Dr. Seuss books, bookmarks and school supplies to local schools.

 

Educational Systems FCU (esfcu.org) has proudly served the education community for over 60 years. With over $1 billion in assets and 12 branches, the Credit Union serves 85,000 members in seven school systems and three community colleges throughout Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Talbot counties in Maryland.

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Hair Cuttery Partners With National Network to End Domestic Violence to Share a Haircut
Hair salon’s Share-A-Haircut program is in its 20th year

By SHANNON STERN
Hair Cuttery

Vienna, Va., (May 1, 2019)—On Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21, Hair Cuttery and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) are teaming up to raise awareness for domestic violence through Hair Cuttery’s Share-A-Haircut program. For every haircut purchased at one of the Hair Cuttery’s over 800 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to a survivor of domestic violence through a network of state coalitions and local programs nationwide.

“Hair Cuttery is proud to work within our local neighborhoods to make a difference,” said Dennis Ratner, Co-Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “Our goal through the Share-A-Haircut program is to shine a light on those in need and to help strengthen and give a voice to those in our communities.”

Through the partnership, Hair Cuttery and NNEDV will work closely to distribute thousands of free haircut certificates to individuals affected by domestic violence, including women, children, and men.

“The vast majority of those impacted by domestic violence experience some level of financial abuse. The gift of a free, fresh haircut can make the world of difference. A haircut is a gift that supports economic empowerment and gives survivors a moment to practice self-care,” shared Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO. “Hair Cuttery’s continued commitment to championing domestic violence is the kind of commitment that creates change.”

The Share-A-Haircut program is in its 20th year, with over 51,000 certificates already having been donated in February to the homeless. Hair Cuttery has an established history of charitable giving that has supported a range of local and national causes including Breast Cancer Research Foundation, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and Girls on the Run.

 

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a leading national voice for domestic violence victims and their allies. NNEDV's membership is comprised of all 56 state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been advancing the movement against domestic violence for over 25 years. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit NNEDV.org.

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