First Habitat for Humanity home in BG to be dedicated

Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking in Bowling Green at Manville site last August.

(Submitted by Habitat for Humanity of Wood County)

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County Ohio will host a dedication ceremony for its inaugural build in Bowling Green at the corner of Clough Street and Manville Avenue (212 Manville) Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County is partnering with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce to include a Ribbon Cutting and a Business After Hours.

Future homeowner Marlene Lerch, along with representatives from the organization, city of Bowling Green, Bowling Green State University, and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will share remarks.

The 212 Manville Ave. home is the first completed home of three to be built in the city. The second home will be built during 2019 and third home is scheduled for 2020.

The lots for the homes were donated by the Department of Public Utilities in 2017, giving Habitat the land resources necessary to build within city limits for the first time. Additionally, professional home builders, businesses, organizations, and citizens provided cash sponsorships and in-kind donations equating $132,000. More than 566 volunteer hours made the first BG Build possible.

“We invite the public to join us and our partners in celebrating this pivotal event,” Executive Director Mark Ohashi said.

RSVP’s are appreciated by contacting the chamber – Kelzy Kuch at

Sponsorship opportunities to complete funding for the future builds are still available. Contact Ohashi at to become a sponsor.

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County partners with people in Wood County and all over the world to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity of Wood County has built 40 homes. For more information, visit