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Habitat Berks Celebrates with Birdhouse Challenge

May 21, 2021

Photo: Committee members Tina Houge, Reading and Patrice Bentz, Wyomissing display Wild Willy during the auction.  In the background is Reading School District Superintendent, and Habitat Berks board member Dr. Khalid Mumin

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County celebrated their work on the evening of May 11th with their Birdhouse Challenge at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Last year’s event was put on hold due to COVID, and organizers wanted this year’s evening to be outside to help with safety measures.

“We missed you all last year and wanted to make sure we were able to plan a safe event this year, “ said Committee Chair, Patrice Bentz, Wyomissing.

Khalid Mumin presents the 2019 Community Partner Award to Joe Shupp, Customers Bank.

The evening began by recognizing some community members for their contributions to Habitat Berks. Russell Hoke won the 2019 Birdhouse Challenge Award, Paul Smith, Blandon received the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award, Customer’s Bank received the 2019 Community Partner award.  Twenty-twenty award recipients were Patrice Bentz for Volunteer of the Year and Highlands at Wyomissing for Community Partner.

“It takes an army of individuals and community leaders to make the work of Habitat Berks possible”, said Board President, Merlin Weaver, West Lawn.

The highlight of the evening was the live birdhouse auction featuring birdhouses created by community members and businesses.  The winning birdhouse was Wild Willy created by George Kunder, Reading.  The birdhouse, made of  Cherry Wood sold for $1,100.

The Birdhouse Challenge is the primary fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity of Berks County and raised more than $30,000 for Habitat Berks after expenses.

Berks County Commissioner, Kevin Barnhardt with the birdhouse he won. The Birdhouse was created by Bonnie Coller, Temple

“All the funds raised for the evening help to create affordable housing for people right here in Berks County,” explained Executive Director Tim Daley. Later this year we will be breaking ground for two new homes on Miltimore Street.”

The new construction on Miltimore Street is the next step in the transformation of the Buttonwood Gateway Project.

“We are thankful for the support from our community for this event and all year long,” said Daley.


About Habitat for Humanity of Berks County

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County (Habitat Berks) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable
organization that believes all people deserve a decent life and the power to build their own futures. Habitat exists to create affordable home ownership opportunities for moderate income families. Families who purchase Habitat for Humanity homes must contribute 200 hours of sweat equity. Habitat relies on volunteers and families contributing sweat equity for the unskilled labor needed to build the homes. Working in this way, they believe they provide families a hand up rather than a hand out, while also providing a way for people to assist hard-working families in our community. Learn more at

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