Habitat for Humanity International recently recognized the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County with the Malachi 3:10 Award for reaching the $500,000 milestone in lifetime tithe donations. The award is named for the biblical scripture because local Habitats around the world “tithe” 10 percent of the non-restricted donations they receive to Habitat for Humanity International to help build safe and affordable homes in developing countries. Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has been around for 18 years.

“This award represents a couple of things,” said Kena Jo Mathews,executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. “We have been able to build 130 homes in other countries and 38 homes in Utah County. We have a very generous community; a community that is willing to give here and abroad.”

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is one of 2,300 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit organization. The Utah County affiliate started in 1991 to help build or renovate simple and decent homes in Orem and Provo to help eliminate poverty and homelessness in the community.