About Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 800,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 4 million people worldwide.

Our Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission Statement

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

About Bennington County Habitat for Humanity

The Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. The Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome

The Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Ripple Effect - "Habitat for Humanity is a perpetual motion miracle: everyone who receives, gives -- and everyone who gives, receives.  If you want to live complacent and uninspired, stay away from Habitat; come close to Habitat, and it will change you, and make you part of something that changes the world."  Randal Wallace, screenwriter, Braveheart

Board of Directors

The board meets once a month.  In addition to setting and monitoring annual goals and making policy decisions for the affiliate, each member of the board serves on one or more committees.

Monica Knorr President
Ruth Stewart Vice President
David Lemonik Treasurer
David Nichols Secretary

Keld Alstrup
Kathy Clark
Harry Chandler Emeritus Member
John Cilio
Sandi Hedman
Ellen Leeds
David Low
Curt Merrow
Mark Onorato
Chris Ponessi
Carla Vigue

Legal Counsel
Lon McClintock, McClintock Law Office.
Marilyn Hand, Whalen, Hand and Gillmour P.L.C.

Advisory Board
John Davies
Rev. James Gray
Rev. Mary Lee-Clark
Brian Maroney
Lon McClintock
Mary Morrissey
Charles Waters

BY LAWS (updated January 2016): ByLaws

Strategic Plan - In 2007, we formally adopted our Strategic Plan.  In January 2014, we completed a process that was started in October 2013 and we formally adopted a revised plan for 2014-2017.  It is alligned with the goals of Habitat for Humanity International.   We will periodically review our progress and make adjustments, recalibrate immediate priorities, and strategy to successfully realize our goals.  Click to read our Strategic Plan.

Committees - Click if you are interested in learning about the work of our committees or helping with a specific project.  There is as much work done off site as on site and there are many ways, large and small, that people can help.

In the News - Click to read articles that have appeared in area newspapers

Financial Information - Click if you want to learn more about our budget.


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