First Habitat volunteer Clive Rainey coming to Cape Region Oct. 18-19Visit to include local events in Georgetown, Rehoboth, Lewes
Clive Rainey is coming to town and Habitat for Humanity volunteers, donors, supporters and staff are thrilled. In 1977, Rainey met Millard and Linda Fuller, founders of Habitat for Humanity International, and said yes to become the very first person to volunteer.
His first yes helped Habitat grow from a small farming community in Americus, Ga. to a household name where countless people in over 80 countries have picked up a hammer and tools to help someone build a simple, decent and affordable house for a family.
It was Rainey who brought the concept of sweat equity to Habitat, where families used their unskilled labor, their own hard work on their houses, in lieu of a down payment. After Rainey helped the fledgling group of organizers of Habitat get started in the United States, he answered the call to bring Habitat to Africa and served as its first national director and established Habitat in 12 countries.
After 33 years of faithful service, the latter years serving as community relations director for Habitat for Humanity International, he has retired to Guatemala.
“Clive is one of our original story-tellers of Habitat who shares his memories about the life-changing stories of hundreds of thousands of families across the globe who embraced and partnered with Habitat for Humanity,” said Kevin Gilmore, executive director for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Last February, a team of Sussex County Habitat staff and volunteers traveled to Guatemala to build a home with their tithing partner affiliate. Sussex County has tithed with Guatemala for over 20 years and is committed to not only tithing 10 percent of its unrestricted monies each year to Guatemala, but to physically going down and seeing the gift at work by helping physically build homes.
Tom Protack, community engagement director for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, said, “it was on our last night in Guatemala that Kevin Gilmore invited Clive to join us for dinner and I asked him, would you ever consider coming to Sussex County, Delaware, next year to visit us?” Rainey responded, “Invite me and I will come!”
Habitat organizers have planned three different venues for the community to meet with Rainey over the two days of his visit.
On Friday morning, Oct. 18, Clive Rainey will travel to Dover to meet the governor and elected officials and serve as the keynote speaker for the swearing-in ceremony of the new class of AmeriCorps service members who serve with Habitat statewide.
Later that same day, a welcoming reception will be hosted at the historic Brick Hotel located on the Georgetown Circle from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Saturday morning, Habitat will host a prayer breakfast at St. Edmond’s Church in Rehoboth Beach and later that same night an evening reception has been planned from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fish On in Lewes.
To learn more about these events, prices and to register, go to www.sussexcountyhabitat.org or call 302-855-1153.