Qlarant gives time, money to Habitat Choptank

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Volunteers from Qlarant came to Cambridge from around the country to spend a day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Choptank. The company also donated $2,500 to the house-building organization.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Volunteers from Qlarant came to Cambridge from around the country to spend a day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Choptank. The company also donated $2,500 to the house-building organization.

CAMBRIDGE – On April 24, staff of Qlarant visited Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, where dozens of workers volunteered for Habitat for Humanity Choptank. They spent a day working on several blocks of downtown Cambridge, picking up trash, working in Waugh’s community garden, and cleaning out a burned building.

Qlarant (rhymes with “parent”) is a nonprofit company that specializes in fighting fraud, waste, improving program quality and optimizing performance. The firm is based in Easton.

“We have officers and managers here from around the country,” Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron Forsythe Jr. said. “Each year, we like to bring people for bonding and team building.”

This year, staff traveled to the Eastern Shore from states including Florida, Texas, Georgia and Indiana.

“Habitat for Humanity Choptank, an affiliate of ‘Habitat International,’ is a nonprofit organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope,” a statement on the group’s website says. “Through financial coaching, education and support, and access to affordable financing, Habitat Choptank provides and opportunity for individuals and families in our communities to purchase a quality construction, energy efficient, affordable home.”

There’s been plenty to do in the area, which has a continuing issue with lack of good housing.

“We at Habitat are very busy,” President-Elect George Fox told the group. “We are in our 26th year.”

The 76th home completed by Habitat was turned over to its owners on April 21.

Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley welcomed the volunteers and thanked them for their efforts, saying, “Habitat is close to my heart. It’s an important mission you’ve taken on yourselves.”

The crew from Qlarant did more than put their backs into the work – they put their money where their mouths are, donating $2,500 to Habitat.

Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Choptank JoAnn Hansen said, “Our mission is building houses, but we like to think of it as much more than that. God is doing great things, and you are his instruments.”

Following the donation, the group entered the church to hear a presentation in more detail about Habitat. They were urged to consider volunteering in their local branches when they return home, or to start their own chapters of the organization.

To learn more about Habitat, visit www.habitatchoptank.org. To learn about Qlarant, visit www.qlarant.com.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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