Women Build Committee 2015 Orientation

All volunteers interested in joining our Women Build Committee are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 for an informational session. This will include an overview of Habitat for Humanity Capital District and Women Build; past, present and future! This will also help us get to know YOU and how you can help make this year’s Women Build our best so far! A light snack will be provided.

When: December 16, 2014

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where: 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany NY 12210

*Please RSVP below so we can plan accordingly. Thank you!

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Women Build Committee Orientation RSVP

Thank you for your interest in our Women Build Committee! Please fill out the form below to RSVP and don't forget to mark your calendar!

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday!

The third annual #GivingTuesday is tomorrow, December 2nd!

DONATE by December 2nd and be a part of this global giving movement!

 

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a campaign to add a new date to the national calendar. It begins with Thanksgiving, a day to be celebrate what we are grateful for, followed by the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Join the movement and donate to Habitat by Tuesday, December 2nd!

 

How to get involved
Donate to Habitat for Humanity Capital District this #GivingTuesday.

Become an ambassador! Then, share why you are participating in #GivingTuesday by posting a photo like these examples and telling us why you support Habitat.  Make sure to tag Habitat and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday!

 

Habitat Social Media Tags:
Facebook:  Habitat for Humanity Capital District
Twitter: @CapDistHabitat
Instagram: hfhcapitaldistrict

 

Want to double the impact of your gift?
Many companies offer employee matching gift programs that allow your donation to go twice as far.  Click here to see if your company provides this service.

 

Want to learn more about where your money goes?
Read our blog, Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our monthly newsletter, Hammer Times, for up-to-date information on where your money is going.

We are proud to say that 87 cents of every dollar donated goes directly towards building homes and program services; according to the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, responsible charities spent at least 65 cents per dollar on programs. And don’t forget, because our homes are built primarily with volunteer labor, Habitat stretches every dollar you generously give into two dollars of actual construction. No one else can make that claim.

 

Interested in volunteering?
Sign up using VolunteerHub and help us build – spots are open for our three construction locations and the ReStore.

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Homeowner Spotlight: Destiny Mann!

Meet one of our newest homeowners, Destiny Mann!  She is currently in the process of doing sweat equity and financial education courses and can’t wait to move into her home!  We sat down with Destiny to find out a little more about her and her Habitat adventure!

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Destiny and her son working together at Financial Peace University!

Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Destiny and I have two children.  My daughter is currently in college and my son is in elementary school.  I have worked in the Human Service field for more than 15 years and am a supervisor.  I enjoy assisting and providing people with the skills they need to succeed in their life.

That’s great!  Can you tell me what becoming a homeowner means to you?
To me, being a home owner means that I have a safe place to come home to every night and a place to call my own – it means that the struggles I went through were all worth it.

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Destiny working on her sweat equity (bottom row, left) with volunteers from Callanan Industries!

What are you looking forward to most in your new home?
I am most looking forward to having the adequate space needed for my family to grow.  I am looking forward to being able to invite my family and friends over for the holidays.

What kind of things have you learned doing sweat equity on the construction site?
I enjoy helping and learning how to build a house.  For example, I have dug ditches, helped install a door frame and door knobs, learned how to putty and sand holes, stain wood and other construction things!

I’m sure a few of those skills will come in handy for future home maintenance!  What about the financial courses you are taking through Habitat’s Financial Peace University?
I find the financial classes educational and rewarding.  I love learning new things and eventually I will become debt free.

They really are great classes! Leave us with one final thought on you Habitat experience thus far.
I am most grateful that God has put the people from Habitat in my life; I am looking forward to moving in my new house soon!

Welcome to the Habitat Family, Destiny!

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Thank you James Hardie!

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JamesHardie installation specialist showing our volunteers how its done!

We want to thank James Hardie Building Products for donating 21 squares of siding for our Fox Hollow project in South Troy.  This morning. an installation specialist was on site to teach our volunteers how to install these unique siding materials.  Beginning at 10 a.m., the installation specialist gathered our volunteers together to give a 15 10 minute overview of best practices before they got down to business!

James Hardie is the Industry leader in the manufacturing of fiber cement products.  Their HZ5 fiber cement siding is engineered specifically for the climate and protects against the elements.  Their continued partnership and generous donations allows Habitat to keep building costs lower, and therefore more affordable for our families.  Since our families purchase their home at the cost of construction, the more donations in materials we receive, the lower the sale price, making the dream of homeownership a reality for our hardworking neighbors.

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Getting a one-on-one tutorial from the expert!

The product is beautiful and looks amazing on the front of our Burden Avenue homes.  Make sure to check them out as you’re driving by! Thank you James Hardie for coming out in the cold and showing our volunteers how to properly install your great product!!

See photos from the day on our Facebook page!

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Happy Veterans Day!

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This Veterans Day we would like to say “Thank You” to one of our newest Habitat Partner Families, The Moody’s! The Moody’s will be moving into our first ReHabitat project on Lark Street in Albany. For this house we have partnered with The Home Front Housing Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to rehabilitate existing structures into affordable housing for Capital District veterans.

Deborah and Charles Moody in front of their future home!

Deborah and Charles Moody in front of their future home!

The Moody’s met and were married during active duty when they were both stationed in South Korea in 1990. Charles is originally from Texas and Deborah is from Florida. They both joined the Army to get out of town and travel, “…We have lived in 11 different states and seen the world”, said Deborah. Charles said his favorite part was being stationed in Iowa because, “…we golfed a lot and it was very family oriented”. Deborah retired in 1991 and Charles just retired last year. They didn’t find Habitat for Humanity because they were looking for housing, they actually started with us as volunteers, “…We like volunteering and we wanted to help other veterans and then we ended up applying for the house and getting it”, said Charles. Deborah added, “We love working with Al and Lloyd and we’re trying to get more people involved”!

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Deborah working alongside Al, ReHabitat Site Manager and Habitat Partner Family, in her future home!

Veterans Day for The Moody’s is, “…a day to celebrate those who gave their all and paved the path for us to enjoy our freedom and opportunities we have today”. The Moody’s will be marching with the Watervliet Arsenal today in the Albany Veteran’s Day Parade, like they do every year. Thank you to The Moody’s and all those who have served or are currently serving!

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