PLAINFIELD, NJ — As part of its Service for Service initiative, Evangel Church in Scotch Plains will send 100 volunteers to Habitat Village at West 7th Street – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County’s first ever five home development – on Sunday Oct. 11th, 2015.

This group of 100 volunteers will pick up shovels, rakes, and wheel barrows to start and finish the entire landscaping plan for this property, set to house five new families by the end of 2015. In addition to volunteers, Evangel Church will supply tools and a $4,500 donation to offset the costs of expensive planting materials such as shrubbery, mulch and trees.

“It's about being the church instead of simply going to church,” says Maria Cortez, Service for Service Coordinator.

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This is the second year that Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County is partering with Evangel Church for Service for Service.

“We are very excited about having volunteers from Evangel Church work to complete a project of this size in one day,” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, executive director of Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex. “This is a tremendous effort on the part of Evangel Church and will fill a real need as we bring our biggest project yet to completion.”

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. This partnership is a direct reflection of that mission. The community is coming together in an act of service to help build homes and hope. On Sunday Oct. 11th, Evangel volunteers will be working along side some our partner families in need of decent housing. Because of valuable volunteer manpower like this, Habitat is able to offer a no-profit/no-interest mortgage to family partners. In turn, Habitat's loans are inexpensive and the new homes are affordable for low-income families.

The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 908-14 West 7th Street, in Plainfield, NJ.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is committed to improving the lives of low-income families by helping them build and buy their own simple, decent homes.  Habitat offers families a hand up, not a hand out.  Every partner family devotes at least 200 hours per adult of sweat equity to help build their home or a neighbor’s home and secures a 0% mortgage provided by Habitat.  To date, Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex has built forty homes locally and funded sixty-five homes globally through Habitat’s global tithe program. Construction is almost complete on its largest project to-date, a five-home development on West Seventh Street in Plainfield called “Habitat Village” and its first project in Highland Park is underway. To volunteer, donate or apply for a home visit www.habitatgpmc.org.

About Evangel Church

Evangel Church is a long-standing member of the community located at 1251 Terrill Rd in Scotch Plains. Evangel Church believes that God is in the business of changing lives and that that process is never completed in us, and that we are called to be agents of change in others’ lives.