Travelers took advantage of greatly reduced room rates to support Habitat for Humanity in record numbers this spring according to Greg Dugal, Executive Director of Maine Innkeepers Association. The Seventh Annual Hospitality for Habitat, a program designed by Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) to raise funds for Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity, logged its most successful year ever despite a challenging economy.
This year 33 MEIA member properties, with support from their guests, raised $13, 435 to help fund housing for Maine families. In addition, the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport raised approximately $8,000, which was sent to Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia to be sent directly to HFH chapters in Haiti giving MEIA a grand total of approximately $21,500 in contributions. This by far exceeds any prior year. The annual Hospitality for Habitat program offers visitors to Maine a 50% discount on room rates in May in exchange for a donation check for $35 made out to Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to the incredible effort of the Harraseeket Inn, this year’s top fund raisers participating in Hospitality for Habitat were the Village by the Sea Hotel & Conference Center in Wells with over $4000 in contributions, the Newcastle Inn in Newcastle, the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, the Mira Monte Inn and Graycote Inn in Bar Harbor.