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Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

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When Dora Henderson’s home was renovated, the finished product was nothing short of a miracle, made possible through the efforts of numerous volunteers partnering with House of Heroes.

Based in Columbus, House of Heroes was founded in 2000. The organization, which also has chapters in Iowa and Connecticut, supports projects across the country in places far from official chapters. In January, staff members and volunteers will officially have worked from coast to coast with the start of a new project in California.

Locally, House of Heroes has only three employees but benefits from the time and talents of hundreds of volunteers.

Kelly Darr, House of Heroes executive assistant, said volunteers are crucial to the organization.

“Without the volunteers, House of Heroes would not exist,” she said.

For its first four years, House of Heroes relied solely on volunteers. More than 3,000 people across the country have volunteered with the organization since its inception. How can I help?

There are two ways volunteers can plug in:

•Providing manpower during projects Projects are supported by groups of volunteers, often working under the name of a company, organization or even a military unit. House of Heroes supports the volunteers by finding projects and helping with the finances to purchase needed materials. To date this year, House of Heroes has completed 66 projects in Columbus.

•Helping with fundraising efforts To make sure it can continue to sponsor these projects, House of Heroes has fundraisers year-round. One example is the Run Across Georgia, a 260 mile weekend-long run that can be completed by individuals or relay teams. Another is gift wrapping at Peachtree Mall, held each holiday season Dec. 1-24.

To find out more about how to get involved with House of Heroes, contact Darr by cell or email: 706-566-2499 or kellyd@hohinc.org.

For more information about House of Heroes, visit www.houseofheroes.org.

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