Debi Heiks new director of Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County

Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County has selected Debi Heiks as their new executive director, citing her years of experience with non-profits, real estate, fundraising and event planning.

Heiks grew up in Port Clinton and Marblehead and with her husband, Todd raised their children, Deminique and Tyler, in Oak Harbor. They now live in Graytown.

“I’ve lived in many areas from one end of Ottawa County to the other and believe that it is a great place for people to live and raise their families,” said Heiks. “I would like to see the opportunity of living and raising a family here that I was fortunate enough to have, be given to others.”

Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County is celebrating 25 years of partnering with families in need to build affordable housing in Ottawa County communities in 2019. The agency is looking forward to partnering with a family this year to build the 25th Habitat for Humanity home in the county.

“I am excited for this opportunity and I strongly believe in the mission of Habitat for Humanity,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors recently held its first fundraiser of the year, the 33rd Annual Ottawa County Golf Scramble, sponsored by Materion, at the Oak Harbor Golf Club. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County.

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states and approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward that vision by building decent, affordable decent homes to bring stability, strength, and self-reliance to the partner families.

Habitat partner families help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable interest free mortgage. The Ottawa County group is currently seeking board members and volunteers to help with construction and fundraising. Anyone interested in getting involved should call 419-734-7074.

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