BERGENFIELD, N.J. -- The Jewish Community Organization of Northern Bergen County, a nonprofit based in the Saddle River Valley that raises funds for local and national charities through community outreach and social gatherings, participated in a team build at Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County's Bergenfield job site on April 1.
Eight JCO members installed framing on the first floor of the single-family home on Bergen Avenue. The 1,900 square foot home will include three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms, a kitchen, living room and one-car garage. The house will use the latest environmental and energy-efficiency standards. Solar panels will be installed, to help with utility costs.
In addition to their team build, JCO supported Habitat Bergen's mission by making a donation to the affiliate.
"It is the mission of the JCO of Northern Bergen County to lead by example and to improve the world around us through simple acts of kindness," said Stacy Celsowitz, JCO's VPresident of Community Service. "While the JCO fundraises throughout the year, having the ability to get our hands dirty was truly awe inspiring.
"Knowing that our collaborative efforts are going to make a difference in the life of a family so close to home, literally, is what makes giving back so rewarding. Partnering with Habitat Bergen is an honor and we look forward to continuing this incredible relationship."
“JCO of Northern Bergen County's continuous hard work to improve families' lives in Bergen County is a testament to what can be accomplished when people help people," said Habitat Bergen Executive Director Jacey Raimondo. "Through their donation of time and money they have helped build opportunities for hard-working Bergen County families in need of affordable housing and they are a valuable organization to have in our corner."
Habitat Bergen's goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness, by working in partnership with people in need. The organization uses volunteer labor and donated funds and materials to either build or rehabilitate simple, decent houses. The houses are then sold to low-income families at cost, with no-interest loans. Families also help with the construction of their own home.
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