CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Building communities and improving lives is what the people at Building Goodness Foundation are doing by announcing a new program in response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
"We see Haiti as a neighbor. Our volunteers have gone there plenty of times. It's not a place that the media goes to for a bad story for us," said Kelly Eplee, Executive Director of Building Goodness Foundation.
Already, the organization has built 100 houses for residents in Haiti, who lost their home to natural disasters. It plans to raise $670,000 to build 100 more in addition to the 150 already built. The homes are called Ti Kay homes and take three to six days to complete.
"It will get a concrete floor, it will get paint on the outside, it gets gutters and rain barrels, which doesn't sound like much," said Ethan Tate, Director of Projects at Building Goodness Foundation. "But in Haiti where water is such a scarce resource, having 250 gallons of water right in front of your door makes a huge difference."
Building Goodness Foundation is also preparing to open a new headquarters on Carlton Street in Charlottesville. The one-story building with a basement and mezzanine is mortgage free. Volunteers logged about 2,600 hours building the new office, so that staff, volunteers, and the community can have more space to better help people in need.
"You can make a lasting difference in Haiti and help them rapidly recover by giving through us," said Eplee.
The building took almost four years to complete and can open as early as November.