WEST CHESTER -- The Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties (HBA) recently held a drive to support the Salvation Army's efforts to send underprivileged children to summer camp.

With donations from many members attending its June General Membership meeting at the Old Mill in Rose Valley, the HBA was able to supply local children with the opportunity to go to Camp Ladore. "The membership has been very generous in helping us support the Salvation Army with this drive and many others," said Dana Roos-Turnbull, chair of the Community Services Committee. "We are giving these children the opportunity to broaden their horizons with new experiences. Many of the Salvation Army's children have never left the neighborhood in which they live, so this is a chance to experience a new environment," said Roos-Turnbull.

The HBA has participated in several drives and was honored by the Salvation Army of West Chester for their efforts. The HBA and its members have also partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those in need and donated time, money and supplies to conduct bi-annual blitz builds. "We are extremely proud of our members' generosity and desire to give back to the community," said Michael McGee, Executive Vice President of the HBA. "Whether through the HBA or by direct contributions, HBA members have a strong tradition of supporting those in need."

At Camp Ladore, owned and operated by the Salvation Army since 1967, weeklong camp experiences are offered for children between the ages of 7 - 12, with specialized wilderness programs for 13 - 17 year olds. Campers are provided with a wide range of activities that will challenge and inspire them: arts-n-crafts, basketball, soccer, volleyball, fishing, music instruction, hay rides and bible study, just to name a few.

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.

The Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties (HBA) is a professional trade organization comprised of more than 450 companies involved in every aspect of the new home construction process. The HBA advocates for public policy initiatives and sustainable building techniques that balance the need for strong economic growth and environmental protection. The HBA is dedicated to providing and protecting the American dream of home ownership for current and future generations.

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