Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is once again participating in the ‘Seniors Add Valuable Experience’ (SAVE) program run by The United Way of Western Connecticut. Through this program, Danbury-area seniors who volunteer for Housatonic Habitat may be eligible to qualify for a property tax credit. Now in its ninth year, the SAVE program connects seniors with a variety of local agencies and non-profit groups based on the volunteer’s skills and interests. Volunteers who are homeowners, over age 65 and meet certain income criteria may qualify for tax breaks if they volunteer for 100 hours by June 30, 2020. The program started in July and runs through the end of June, 2020.
“Of course, it’s not just about the tax break,” said Fran Normann, Executive Director of Housatonic Habitat. “Studies show that volunteering helps people feel more connected so they are less susceptible to loneliness and depression. More than that, a growing body of evidence suggests that volunteering improves physical health too, lowering blood pressure and contributing overall to a longer lifespan.” Habitat has many volunteer opportunities available on www.housatonichabitat.org including working in the ReStore, helping at a special event, and mentoring homeowners and more.
To register for the SAVE program contact the United Way of Western Connecticut at 203-797-1154.