At the Habitat for Humanity of Maine State Support Organization’s annual meeting held in early October, Greg Dugal, executive director of the Maine Innkeepers Association, awarded each affiliate member and the State Support Organization with their portion of a financial donation from the Inkeepers Association.

The Maine Innkeepers Association, based in Freeport, has partnered with the Habitat for Humanity of Maine in their effort to provide energy efficient affordable housing to Maine families. The eighth annual Hospitality for Habitat, a program designed by Maine Innkeepers Association to raise funds for Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity, took in $15,475 in 2011, beating last year’s total by more than $2,000.

Thirty-four Maine Innkeepers Association member properties, from bed and breakfasts to resorts, located all over the state of Maine, participated in Hospitality for Habitat this year, offering visitors to the state a 50-percent discount on room rates in May in exchange for a donation check for $35 made out to Habitat for Humanity.

“Each year we are grateful that this program continues to grow and we are able to support such a worthy cause,” stated Dugal, in a press release. “We are delighted that visitors appreciate the opportunity to support Maine while on vacation and that we are able to attract tourists to the state with discounted rates during what has traditionally been a slow season.”

Accepting the donation for the Waldo County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity were David Alling, board member and co-chairman of the Waldo Resource Committee, Ray Smith, co-chairman of the Waldo Resource Committee and Whitney Michelsen, Waldo Resource committee member.

The Waldo Affiliate is currently raising funds to support the construction of its second home. The home will be built on property that the residents of Searsport voted to donate at their 2011 annual meeting. Construction is planned to start in the first quarter of 2012.