3rd Annual New Books for New Homes!
December 4, 2013 – January 4, 2014
The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
Stop by to purchase a book for a hardworking Habitat family! 20% off all purchases for the New Books for New Homes initiative.
Habitat and the Albany City Area Reading Council (ACARC) are pleased to announce the return of the “New Books for New Homes” initiative for its third year in a row. Join us and help equip hardworking Habitat families with new books and a springboard for a lifetime of reading!
Habitat for Humanity, ACARC, The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza and the Albany Public Library to provide library services information, new books and bookshelves for ten families that will move into Habitat homes in Albany’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood. The books and reading materials will go to hardworking, lower-income families who will live in new homes built through the generosity of Habitat volunteers and donors. The donation of new, age-appropriate books and library information to Habitat homeowners further reinforces the positive impact that a safe, stable home has on educational attainment and success.
In the first two years of the program, over 800 books were distributed to hardworking Habitat families in the Capital District. “Hammers and books, most people probably don’t see the relationship between these two items,” said Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of CDHfH. “In our world these tools are the foundation that leads our families to a better life. When asked, most children of our Habitat homeowners to be will tell you the most important thing about having a home of their own is the hope of getting a good night’s sleep and a quiet place to read and do their homework. This exciting partnership will ensure that our children will not only have that home and that room to call their own, but also the gift of knowledge to absorb in peace, comfort and safety.”
Liz Yanoff, President of the Albany City Area Reading Council notes, “Our members are teachers, librarians, and authors who love reading and want to share that passion with others. This project is a natural extension of our mission”.
The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is collecting books at their store (1475 Western Avenue, Albany NY) from Wednesday, December 4 through Saturday, January 4. Book House employees will provide book suggestions for each family and are offering a 20% discount on all books purchased for this project. Gift cards will also be collected. “Book House is thrilled to be a part of this important community project,” noted Rachel King of The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.
To learn more about becoming a sponsor of the “New Books for New Homes” project, please contact Liz Yanoff at email@example.com.
We have one day for giving thanks followed by two days for getting great shopping deals. This year help us celebrate #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back.
Today, Tuesday December 3, 2013, Habitat for Humanity, along with other global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to celebrate #GivingTuesday.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your friends, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity and celebrate the gift of giving with Habitat.
Join the movement! By giving back to Habitat this holiday season you will give a local family something to give thanks for - a warm, safe and comfortable place to call home.
Donate on December 3rd in honor of our 25th year of building safe, decent and affordable homes for our community’s hardworking, lower-income families.
Give thanks, give love, give the gift of homeownership. Donate here and don’t forget to share your story of giving on our Facebook & Twitter pages using #GivingTuesday tag, as well as on the #GivingTuesday website!
Habitat for Humanity Capital District would sincerely like to thank United Building Maintenance Inc. for their extremely generous offer of bi-weekly cleaning and maintenance at NO CHARGE! HfHCD is a non-profit organization, which in turn means that we must adhere to a tight budget. We would not be able to thrive and help so many families receive the decent housing that they deserve without the contributions and help of our amazing volunteers and companies like UBMI!! UBMI is located at 1520 Central Ave., Albany, New York or you can check out their facebook page!
Thanks UBMI, you rock!!!
Construction Site Superintendent
Reports to: Construction Site Manager
Location: Capital District, NY
Job Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Compensation: Salary with Health Benefits
Eradicate poverty housing by working with construction management team in scheduling, implementing and communicating the plan of action for the attainment of the goals for the respective area of responsibility.
The Construction Site Superintendent is responsible for the day-to-day building of Habitat for Humanity Capital District houses including but not limited to:
- Teach, direct and manage volunteers throughout the construction process.
- Manage and oversee volunteer schedule in cooperation with Volunteer Coordinator and Construction Manager.
- Ensure volunteers are participating and learning; move them on to other tasks as tasks are completed.
- Maintain assigned tools and building material.
- Attend regular department meetings.
- Manage deliverables/deadlines.
Essential job Qualifications
- This individual must understand and appreciate the mission of HFH. Qualified candidates should demonstrate excellent organizational skills and possess a strong attention to detail. Must be able to communicate effectively and deal tactfully with all kinds of individuals; yet remain consistent in keeping a professional demeanor.
- Must possess a broad knowledge of all phases of residential construction, and the ability to read and follow blueprints. Must understand and abide by safety requirements when using equipment and tools, and must be able to determine the appropriate tools/equipment to use for the various construction tasks.
- Must possess the ability and patience to teach and work with a large number of unskilled workers in all facets of home construction. Timeliness, patience and dependability are critical for this position, as well as being a team player and quick-learner.
- Driver’s license and a vehicle to travel to and from work is a must.
- This is a full-time salaried position with benefits, requiring a workweek of Tuesday-Saturday
- Must be familiar with and should be moderately proficient in all aspects of home construction including floor systems, framing, siding, roofing and interior trim work.
- Highly motivated and energetic and display strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
- Responsible, diligent and organized.
Resumes accepted via email only to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity Capital District is proud to be support our Veterans, not just Monday, November 11th, but every day.
A National Perspective
The total U.S. veteran population is more than 23.4 million, with at least 2 million post-9/11 veterans. As troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, attention is increasingly focused on ways to honor veterans and support the transition back home, especially given the current economic circumstances that limit job opportunities and exacerbate availability of affordable housing.
Habitat affiliates around the country, including Habitat for Humanity Capital District, have already begun to develop programs for veterans. Since many veterans already meet the income and socio-economic profile of Habitat families, with 30% to 60% of area median income and paying more than 1/3 of incomes in rent, the dream of homeownership becomes reality for our nation’s heroes.
As of 2011, Habitat has completed over 314 projects in partnership with veterans as partner families, including new construction, rehabs, renovations and home preservation projects. In addition, Habitat is currently partnering or reaching out to partner with more than 100 veteran-focused organizations to provide a holistic approach to meeting veterans’ needs.
An Eye on Albany
In July 2012, Habitat for Humanity Capital District was invited to host a homeownership orientation for active duty and retired military personnel at the Veterans Administration. We were moved by the stories we heard of the sacrifices these men and women made for our country and we were angered by the descriptions of the substandard, overcrowded and unaffordable housing in which these veterans live. As a result, Habitat for Humanity Capital District has renewed and strengthened its commitment to make sure that every veteran in the Capital District has a safe, decent and affordable home of their own.
Now, as part of our homeowner qualification process, Habitat for Humanity Capital District is committed to giving veterans priority preference. When all other qualifications are equal, veterans and their families will be placed at the top of Habitat’s priority list.
In September 2013, Habitat closed on a home for a Marine Corps veteran family who they were introduced to at the VA orientation. Habitat has since approved four more veteran families for homeownership in both our Sheridan Hollow project in Albany and Fox Hollow project in Troy.
Also, as part of our Sheridan Hollow project, Habitat is working with the Veterans Administration to redevelop an existing World War II Memorial on Sheridan Avenue into an All War Memorial that will sit inside a revitalized neighborhood park as a tribute to those who have served.