Yakima's Habitat for Humanity is helping families, local artists and the environment

Yakima's Habitat for Humanity is helping families, local artists and the environment

YAKIMA, Wa. -- Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity is raising money for their next home build project and this year they are putting a twist on their auctioning event.

During their third annual Dream Builder’s Upcycled Art Auction and Benefit Party they are featuring local artists who are creating art that’s made entirely from re-usable material.

Executive Director Isabel Garcia says this year they wanted to do something different that not only helps families but the environment as well.

“Artists are able to create and re purpose something that was already being thrown away by someone else but then were able to create something beautiful out of it and reuse it," said Garcia.

Several local artists used material purchased from the Habitat Store to put together the pieces being auctioned.

Many items included bird baths, tables, chairs, paintings, sculptures and numerous household items.

Local artist Joshua Snodgrass says he made a boat table out of a boat he saw on the side of a road, and is hoping it helps raise money for needy families.

“Just enjoy something old and making it something new and especially for this event I just love helping this community. I’m originally from the west side and I’ve grown to love Yakima and I like to help families get what I have which is a home," said Snodgrass.

Garcia says their goal with this event is to be able to raise $80,000 and build 10 homes this year.

“Our goal is that every family has a safe place to call home and that every child has the opportunity to dream and to improve their life," said Garcia.

The auction also included weekend get-a-ways, private gourmet dinners and exotic vacations.

All the proceeds will go to habitat for humanity’s building costs.

Yakima’s Habitat for Humanity has built 179 homes for families so far and are hoping to keep building many more in the future.

If you were not able to attend the event and would like to donate to Yakima’s Habitat for Humanity click here.

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