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Help Habitat for Humanity

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Published on November 30, 2010 with No Comments

For the past five years, I have had the honor and privilege to serve as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Porter County. In the time that I have been on the board, I have been involved in many different facets of the organization, and I take a certain pride we have helped give seven families in Porter County their own piece of the American Dream –  owning their own home.

With the end of the tax year fast approaching and the holiday gift-giving season opening up, I wanted to let people (especially those who own their own businesses or who network with others who are in the business community) know about a unique opportunity to give to the community, and to receive not only the good feelings you get knowing you are making a difference, but to also receive a small gift back from the state.

Some of you have spoken with me about this opportunity briefly in the past, at the ValpoLife Business in the Backyard event, Chamber Network Night, or in general conversation. I hope, after reading the details below, you will strongly consider participating in the program and assisting Habitat in continuing its mission in our community.

In acknowledgment of our work on behalf of low-income residents, Habitat for Humanity of Porter County has been awarded $30,800 in credits through Indiana’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). This program is administered by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and is designed to offer Indiana state income tax credits to individuals and businesses that support organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of Porter County, who benefit economically disadvantaged areas and/or persons.

We recently dedicated a home in Hebron, and have started construction of a new single family home on North Morgan in Valparaiso, for completion in the Spring of 2011. With the support of individuals, corporations, churches and community groups, Habitat for Humanity of Porter County builds simple, decent and affordable homes for low-income residents of our community.  In addition to the financial responsibility of the affordable mortgage; the “partner families” must contribute hundreds of “sweat equity” hours during the building process.

By financially contributing to our work through the NAP program, any person, business or organization that has an Indiana income tax liability gets an opportunity to receive a state income tax credit equal to 50 percent of your gift.

Habitat for Humanity of Porter County is offering the credits on a first-come, first-served  basis.

The minimum contribution to Habitat for Humanity of Porter County through this program is $100 (for a $50 tax credit) and a maximum contribution of $50,000 (for a $25,000 tax credit).

Contributions can be made via monetary donation, or they can also be in the donation of a product or service (this can be discussed with our NAP coordinator)

If eligible, you may also take a regular deduction on your federal income tax. To participate, simply fill out the first two sections of the NAP Credit NC-10 Forms, which is attached, and mail along with your  check made payable to Habitat for Humanity of Porter County to PO Box 492,  Valparaiso, IN 46384-0492.

If you have any questions or need additional information on the NAP program, feel free to contact our NAP coordinator and board Treastrer, Bob Buhle, 219-756-4586.

Matthew Byerly

Board Member

Habitat for Humanity of Porter County

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