Habitat for Humanity and Dodson Pest Control
(Lynchburg, VA) -Habitat For Humanity of Greater Lynchburg formed its local chapter in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1988. Now, 16 years later, Lynchburg is one of the most successful Habitat organizations in the country. The local chapter recently celebrated construction of its 240th home.
One of the companies partnering with the local chapter of Habitat For Humanity since the beginning is Dodson Pest Control. For every home built, the company donates a soil treatment for protection against termites, providing both the labor and the materials.
Since its inception, Habitat has received its funding through private donations from Lynchburg area corporations, churches and individuals. The program is unique because carpenters do not get paid for any of their work. Electricians and plumbers do receive some compensation, but they provide their services at a discount.
One of the companies partnering with the local chapter of Habitat since the beginning is Dodson Pest Control. For every home built, the company donates a soil treatment for protection against termites, providing both the labor and the materials. Dodson also contributes a percentage of its corporate profits to Habitat each year, donating $28,000 since 1991.
Gary Farrar, Housing Relations Manager for Habitat, said "We are very fortunate to have Dodson Pest Control and so many other local companies and volunteers contribute their monies, time and services. That's why our Habitat chapter is such a great success story on a national level. Two-hundred and forty homes involves a lot of resources, time, effort and dedication," added Farrar.
Dodson Pest Control President and CEO, Bert Dodson, Jr., said, "There continues to be a need for decent, affordable housing in Lynchburg and other communities. Habitat makes dreams a reality for many Lynchburg families, and our company is honored to be involved with the Lynchburg Habitat Chapter."
There are over 30 Habitat for Humanity programs in Virginia, with Lynchburg being the largest chapter in the state. Habitat has over 1,500 chapters across the U.S. and 60 chapters in other countries. To qualify for a Habitat home, applicants must have a need for housing, the ability to pay and a willingness to partner.