Did you know that… The first official Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when as many as 20 million Americans participated in nationwide environmental rallies, demonstrations and other activities. Since then, Earth Day has transformed from a grassroots movement into a worldwide citizen crusade. In 1990, Earth Day went global when 200 million people in 141 countries participated in activities and events.
Join the Movement and Celebrate Earth Day by supporting HfHCD by donating to the ReStore or a vehicle through our Cars for Home program
Earth Day green tips! Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to remind us all about the importance of reducing, recycling and reusing. Here are two quick and easy ways to help Mother Earth and support HfHCD!
Donate Materials. Our Habitat ReStore raises funds to help HfHCD build affordable homes. And, we keep usable materials out of the waste stream and into home building, remodeling, and creative arts projects. Between 2011 and 2013, the ReStore diverted 287 tons of building materials from the landfill to reuse.
Cars for Homes: Your vehicle donation will help Habitat for Humanity build homes in partnership with families in your community. When you donate a vehicle to Cars for Homes, you will help HfHCD build and rehabilitate houses with families in need of affordable housing and recycling your car saves energy and natural resources.
The car donation process is quick and easy. It can be accomplished online or with a toll-free phone call to 1-877-277-4344. If you donate an automobile or other vehicle, you may be eligible for a tax deduction.What can you donate?
Habitat for Humanity Capital District and the
2014 Red Carpet Honorary Committee invite you to
Premiering ‘Hope Defined’- A Documentary Short
Friday, May 16, 2014
The Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Avenue
Albany, NY 12207
Light fare & cocktails featuring bistro selections
by Birch Hill Catering
Premiere of Hope Defined,
a documentary short
Dessert & coffee reception
Tickets are going fast and space is limited,
so get your tickets today!!
Hope Defined: A Documentary Short
With the splendor of the Palace Theatre as our backdrop, Habitat will premiere a documentary short that tells the story of one local family’s struggle to achieve the American Dream. Through the eyes of the Ufomba family, we will witness the challenges that lower-income households face in the Capital District. Every day, Habitat families tell us about the reality of life in our inner cities. Now you will have the chance to hear from one Habitat family directly, in their own voice. Journey with us as we explore the triumphs and tribulations of an immigrant from Nigeria, his Army veteran wife and their beautiful daughter as they become first-time homeowners. We hope you can join us for an evening of truth, celebration and support for our hardworking families.
Opening Night Sponsor
2014 Red Carpet Honorary Committee
Brian L. Barker*
Duncan & Ann Barrett
Dr. John & Deborah Bennett
David* & Patricia Blackman
Honorable Neil D. Breslin
Bill & Diane Corbett
Albert De Salvo* & Susan Thompson
Jon Finke* & Joyce Stahl
Kevin & Jenna Gutman
Drs. Timothy & Pamela Harper,
New Jerusalem Home of the Saved
Mike & Sue Jacobson
Sr. Catherine Kruegler, C.S.J.
Honorable John T. McDonald III
Honorable Daniel P. McCoy
Honorable Daniel P. McCoy
Home Front Housing Project
Bryan & Cindy* Pohlmann
Nancy Meyers Preston
Andrea Crisafulli Russo
Robert Schofield & Rebecca Murphy
Christine Hmiel Schudde
Ralph Spiller* & Audrey LaFrenier
Todd B. Stevens* & Marcy E. Spratt, Esq.
Charles Touhey & Alice Green
Jerry & Betsy Weiss
Chris* & Amy Wheland
Youth United Steering Committee
* HfHCD Board Members
To become a Red Carpet Honorary Committee Member, click here!
To become an event sponsor, click here!
Attack the Block is Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s way to get youth ages 6-16 involved with building in their community! Check out the information below and contact our office to sign up!
Serve Albany is a unique, city-wide service event offering the opportunity for individuals to easily identify and participate in any of a variety of service projects at local not-for-profit agencies. Interested volunteers can sign up to help with Habitat for Humanity Capital District, Capital City rescue Mission and HATAS just to name a few!
The Serve Albany projects have been selected to connect a wide range of people possessing a diversity of skills with organizations in need of volunteer support to continue their mission. A recurring event, the upcoming Serve Albany week, April 21-27, 2014, is a partnership of Christ’s Church Albany and The Stakeholders Regional Volunteer Center to mark National Volunteer Week.
Click here to read an Albany Times Union article about the first Serve Albany week-long service event.
The catalyst for Serve Albany can be found in research showing that New Yorkers lag behind the rest of the nation in volunteerism, saying “I haven’t been asked” (37 percent) and “Don’t know where to go to be of help” (28 percent). Almost six in 10 had not been asked to volunteer by an organization or a cause in the previous year. [Source: Albany Times Union, Dec. 24, 2012, “Why charity doesn’t start at (our) home”].
“We believe that volunteering and serving is the best possible way to live,” said Jonathan Hentrich, Lead Pastor of Christ’s Church Albany. “The purpose of Serve Albany is to make it as easy as possible for people in Albany to serve in our city.”
To give back to your community- SIGN UP HERE!
Meet our Board President, Todd Stevens! Todd has been on Habitat for Humanity’s board since 2011 and recently became the Chairman of the Board in 2013. He currently works at Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Federal Credit Union as the Manager & Chief Operating Officer. Not only does Todd spend time working with Habitat, he is also a volunteer firefighter for the Colonie Fire Company. Check out our interview with Todd to learn more about his experience with Habitat and as a local firefighter!
How long have you worked for FASNY?
I have been with FASNY Federal Credit Union for 7 years (as of April 2nd, actually). I was originally hired in 2007 as a Loan Officer, promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2010, and promoted again to Manager & Chief Operating Officer in 2011.
How long have you been involved with Habitat?
I joined the BOD in June of 2011, was voted Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee in 1/2012, and then voted Chairman of the Board in 1/2013.
How did you first become involved with Habitat?
I first met Al DeSalvo (the previous board president) through a friend that I met in the Leadership Tech Valley program. Al had me meet with Mike Jacobson and we hit it off right away. His passion for the organization and the mission are contagious and I immersed myself from day 1.
How long have you been a volunteer fire fighter?
I joined Shaker Road-Loudonville Fire Department’s Explorer Post at the age of 14, then as an active member at the age of 18 (1999). I was an active member there until I moved to another fire district and joined the Colonie Fire Company in April 2008. I have served as a lieutenant and captain over the years.
Do you see any similarities between volunteering for Habitat and volunteering as a fire fighter?
Yes! One of the biggest similarities is that I never know when something is going to come up with either one. Emergencies obviously don’t happen according to a schedule, and the nature of Habitat’s business over the last year or two has sort of become the same way in that a lot of our current opportunities have been presented to us through the relationships we’ve fostered in the last few years without our seeking them out.
Did you grow up in the Albany area?
I was born and raised in the Village of Colonie, lived in Latham for about 13 years, and moved back to Colonie Village in 2007 where I purchased my current home.
Have you always seen yourself as the volunteering type?
Volunteering is definitely in my blood. I’m a 5th generation volunteer firefighter, my family volunteers quite a bit on volunteer boards, nonprofit committees, etc.
How often do you volunteer?
I find myself volunteering, in one sense or another, quite often. With the firehouse, you never know when we’ll get called out – in the middle of the night, just as we’re sitting down for dinner, any time. On top of calls, though, we have meetings and drills every week that I try to get to. With Habitat, I am constantly staying in touch with staff to keep up to date on the happenings of the affiliate, working behind the scenes on new ideas, and promoting and advocating for Habitat with friends, family, and connections.
What is the training process like in order to become a volunteer fire fighter?
The initial entry training program to be a firefighter in NYS is 87 hours, but more focused training with your actual department to learn the specifics of their operations can take many more hours.
Do you have any stories from your fire fighting experience that you would like to share?
I don’t think I can narrow down any one favorite memory from my time in the volunteer fire service, but some of the fondest times I had were when my brother and I both still lived at home with our parents. When the pager went off, the two of us and our dad would all hop in the car together to get to the firehouse, and respond on the same rig to calls. That was always a good time.
Do you remember your first fire fighting experience? What was it like?
The first actual call that I went on was an odd one. We responded to an incident where a car rolled down a hill, through someone’s back yard and fell into their pool. Luckily no one was in the car, but we helped get the car out of the pool.
What goes through your mind before, during, and after fighting a fire -do you ever feel scared?
We’re trained to begin our size-up of a fire starts as soon as we get dispatched for a fire – even while driving to the firehouse to respond, I start thinking about the weather, the time of day, the type of property we’re responding to, what exactly we’re being called for, and more. While on scene there’s a delicate balance between efficiently accomplishing our assigned task (fire attack, ventilation, rescue, etc.) and keeping the entire situation in mind. Tunnel vision on one task can be dangerous, but staying focused on what you have to do is important too. I’ve always felt like a bit of fear is a good thing. To me, complacency with the inherent risks of going into a burning building can be dangerous for not just me, but the whole crew. Being a little scared keeps us alert and paying attention to what’s going on to stay out of an even more dangerous situation. With that fear, though, is the faith in our skills and abilities to know that we’ve been trained to handle what we’re dealing with and can put the fire out safely and effectively.
Is there anything else you would like to share about fire fighting, or volunteering as a whole?
I guess one thing that I try to remember often is that I wouldn’t be where I am today in my career without having been a volunteer firefighter. I first found out about the credit union as a firefighter and had my first car loan through the credit union. Through that process I met the then-president of the credit union and a couple of years later he hired me.
Thanks, Todd for all that you do for Habitat and our community!