Haywood Habitat welcomes new executive director

Aug 12, 2014
Jamye Cooper

Haywood Habitat is pleased to welcome new Executive Director Jamye Cooper. Cooper has 25 years of professional experience in all aspects of nonprofit organizations from small to larger, more complex organizations based in the D.C. metro area, Western North Carolina and the South Carolina upstate.

A graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in accounting, Cooper served most recently as executive director of Dining for Women, an international giving organization based in Greenville, South Carolina. Previously, she served as director of corporate and foundation relations at UNC Asheville, executive director of Folkmoot USA, and chief financial officer for the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Council in Asheville.

Cooper is an active volunteer with Children’s Welfare League and other community organizations. Having a special interest in improving the lives of those in her home community, she is excited to begin her new role with Haywood Habitat for Humanity. She is the mother of three and lives in Canton.

She is excited to join an organization that has worked to provide a hand up to Haywood County families in need of safe, affordable housing since 1990.

“It is personally gratifying to professionally align with my belief that having a safe and stable home is foundational,” she said. “Access to affordable housing directly impacts health, education and employment. Home is where everything starts.”

As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Haywood Habitat is committed to eliminating poverty housing in the community and to helping families realize their dream of home ownership.

“I extend a personal invitation to all who are interested in getting involved with Haywood Habitat to join us,” said Cooper. “It is a fabulous opportunity for individuals, service clubs, church groups, school groups, workplace service teams and others to make an important and lasting difference in our home community.”

“Like dropping a pebble in a pond, one action in support of affordable housing creates results that extend far beyond what we could imagine,” she added. “Together, we are changing lives in Haywood County.”

Haywood Habitat has recently broken ground on its 44th home, made possible through a generous gift from Jay and Buckie Somers. With two additional homes in the final stages of completion, three Haywood County families will be in their new homes by the end of 2014.

The organization also operates, the Habitat ReStore, located on 95 Montgomery St., Waynesville, is brimming with donated items for purchase. Through partnerships with are organizations and the support of the community, the ReStore offers surplus building materials, furniture, home décor, appliances, tools, lighting, books and more for resale. July 2014 marked the highest grossing month in ReStore history.

Coming this October, Haywood Habitat will host a fall fundraising event, “The House Mixer.” The ticketed event will be held at Frog Level Brewing and will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, networking, music and auction for not-to-be missed evening out.

The Haywood Habitat for Humanity office are located at 563 N Main St., Waynesville. Visit www.haywoodhabitat.org or call 452-7960 for additional information.