Linda Tingle is a petite woman. At about 5-foot tall, you’d never know that by looking at her as she is a construction worker. No, she hasn’t given up her day job at Stewart Title, but she continues wear the foreman’s helmet when it come to the Trinity Habitat for Humanity.
On Aug. 7, a planning session kicked off preparations for the annual Parker County BuildStrong luncheon set for Sept. 11, about a month earlier than the previous year.
The event will again take place in Weatherford in the gymnasium at North Side Baptist Church beginning at noon.
The BuildStrong lunch is where Habitat seeks donations to help continue its mission which is building homes and “hope” in partnership with hard-working, low-income families. The goal, ultimately, is to create a sustainable funding program that builds each year.
Tingle, who oversees Habitat in Parker County, said the luncheon is both informational and inspirational.
“At this event, individuals are given an opportunity to support the organization,” Tingle said. “All of the funds raised at the BuildStrong lunch are used to support our ‘Build-A-Home,’ new home construction, and ‘Preserve-A-Home,’ external rehab, programs in Parker County.”
This will be the fifth BuildStrong luncheon and Tingle’s hope is that it continues to inspire people to want to give and become involved with Trinity Habitat.
“It’s gratifying to me to be able to help,” Tingle said. “It’s not for just single moms but for a host of other people and families that need our assistance.”
Tingle said there is no requirement that anyone give at the event, however, her team needs to raise about $78,000 in order to build a house.
“We just completed Weatherford house number 14, for homeowner Jennifer Long,” Tingle added.
If you would like to attend the lunch on Sept. 11 or volunteer please contact Tingle 817-614-1061 or e-mail Ltingle@Stewart.com
Facts about Trinity Habitat for Humanity
Since 1989, Trinity Habitat has partnered with 783 families, 500 sponsors and almost 160,000 volunteers to:
• Build 415 safe, decent and affordable homes in Johnson (33), Parker (7), Tarrant (371) and Wise (4) counties, in 15 communities;
• Rehabilitate 368 homes;
• Accumulate over 789,180 volunteer hours and 123,300 sweat equity hours at a value of $13,997,443.20, according to Independent Sector (@ $15.34/hour national average over 21 years.