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Archive for month: October, 2017

Team Build Day: A Different Kind of Employee Retreat

Have you been considering an inexpensive employee retreat? Are you searching for a way to build morale among your employees? Have you wondered how you can achieve more goodwill in the community? Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam has a program designed just for your needs – Team Build Days!

Team Builds with Habitat for Humanity pro­vide a unique, fun and rewarding experience for any group. Team Build days are designed to improve employee morale through a full and inspirational day on our construction site. No previous construction skills are needed, and Habitat for Humanity will provide the tools and training you need for success. During an eight-hour day on the job site, your team will work alongside a partner homebuyer to help them build their home.

There is no donation required to organize or take part in a Team Build, but your organization does have the option of becoming a Habitat Sponsor — making a monetary donation to cover construction material costs.  Depending upon your organization’s donation amount, we will provide food on site, t-shirts, tickets to Habitat for Humanity events and other perks. Your team members and company will also be featured on our website and social media platforms.

Your work day will help your team:

  • Build and strengthen relationships
  • Create memories
  • Improve communication
  • Build trust
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to community building
  • Foster goodwill by helping others

By participating with Habitat for Humanity for a Team Build, your team will play an important role in helping to break the cycle of poverty, strengthening our community, and building a brighter future for a local family.

Group Size:  A Team Build group should be made up of at least five volunteers and no more than 15.  We are generally able to manage larger groups with advance notice.

Location and Schedule: 849 North Hills Drive, Charleston. The work day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

Dates: Any Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Please provide us a date range and a preferred day of the week, and we will let you know what dates are open that match your availability.

Lunch: Lunch is a great time to take a break and learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam. It is expected that your team will arrange to provide lunch on the job site for your group and any other volunteers that day. Please assign lunch duties to willing members of your team.

Waiver: Volunteers must sign a waiver and a photo/video release.

What to Wear/Bring: Habitat for Humanity builds in all weather conditions, so dress for the weather and wear layers. Wear sturdy, comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or stained. All tools and safety hats are provided.

BENEFITS OF A TEAM BUILD DAY

Foster teamwork among employees in an informal setting.

  • Get to know one another better
  • Challenge employees to trust one another
  • Break down barriers
  • Create new ways to relate to one another
  • Communicate more efficiently
  • Learn to work more closely with each other

Through a Team Build Day, your team will enjoy a fun‐filled day of construction on a Habitat worksite; all the while experiencing the opportunity of giving back to the community by helping a family’s dream come true!

To schedule your team build day, click here to see what dates are available. We schedule and track our volunteers through Volunteer Hub,  guiding you and your group through the process signing up and getting organized. However, if you need assistance setting up your build, contact our Development Coordinator, Susan Keener, at 304-720-0141 ext. 20 or by email at susan@hfhkp.org.

Making Dollars and Sense out of Caulking

Preserve Your Biggest Investment – Your Home

When most people think of basic home maintenance, caulking may not make the list. It should. Caulking doesn’t just add an aesthetic finish to your home. The sealing compound is used to close up gaps against air, dust and insects. It provides a seal from the outdoor elements. Also, caulk protects your indoor surfaces by stopping water from seeping into cracks.

If you live in an older home, now is the time to inspect around your windows, doors and bathrooms. Older caulking is prone to peel away and chip, leaving your home exposed to insects and the elements.  Unmaintained caulk also reduces your home’s overall energy efficiency.

According to the Consumer Federation of America, sealing unwanted leaks around your home is an excellent way to cut home energy costs and decrease your household carbon footprint. Also, sealing cracks and crevices around your home puts less strain on appliances and can save time, money and hassle by preventing major repairs. Additionally, increasing the lifetime of homes and appliances also puts less waste and pollution into landfills.

Caulking Can Be Intimidating

Choosing the right caulk from a selection of tubes spread across a 10-foot wall display can be downright intimidating. A single tube of caulk can cost $1.50 to $14. Regardless of what the caulk is labeled, its ingredients are the most important consideration in determining what it’s best suited for. What you want the caulk to adhere to and where you’ll want to use it determine the caulk you buy. types of caulk

Caulking joints around doors and windows requires a sealant that is flexible and long-lasting, adheres to siding (wood, aluminum and vinyl), resists extreme weather conditions and, if it’s not painted over, withstands direct sunlight. To seal flashing around a chimney, the caulk must adhere to masonry, roofing shingles and metal flashing and stand up to the elements unpainted. The warm, wet conditions of a bathroom require that a caulk resist mildew and moisture.

Learn What You Need to Know to Do the Job Yourself – Easily

Don’t let intimidation stop you from taking on a project yourself.  Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is here to teach you the knowledge you need to choose the right product, and give you the skills needed to get the job done right.  We’re hosting a two-hour workshop dedicated to the art of caulking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.. You will learn from Darrin Huffman of Builders First Source all of his personal tips and tricks to get your job done right. Also, this will be a hands-on workshop. You will get the chance to work with caulk adhesives up close and put into practice the best techniques to apply it to multiple surfaces.

For more information or to register for Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming “Art of Caulking” workshop, visit our events page by clicking here. You can also email our Education Program Coordinator, Janie Hamilton, at janie@hfhkp.org to register for the workshop.

For more on Habitat for Humanity’s education program, click here.

 

Wells Fargo Teams Up With Habitat for Humanity

Wells Fargo Housing FoundationFriday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th, Wells Fargo is sending 15 employees to don their work clothes to help build a house for a family in need of a hand up.

The volunteers will be working at our current build site in North Charleston, but Wells Fargo is going a step further; The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation is also donating $10,000 to help buy supplies and build future homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

“We are fortunate to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this project to improve the quality of life for residents in our community.  Working together we can create safe, affordable housing and fulfill the dream of homeownership for residents in the communities where we work and live,” said Charles Capito, Wells Fargo’s Senior Vice President, West Virginia Complex Manager.

Made possible in-part by funding provided through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and team member donations, Wells Fargo is participating in several such efforts across the country this year. The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation supports local neighborhood revitalization initiatives, with local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam, to construct, repair and rehabilitate affordable housing.

In 2016, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated nearly $20 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low-and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – through community revitalization efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $190 million to such efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.78 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate more than 7,600 homes.

“Habitat for Humanity’s neighborhood revitalization efforts rely on partnerships with organizations like Wells Fargo to solve a variety of issues associated with blighted neighborhoods throughout the country,” said Shawn Means, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity. “With the support of great partners like Wells Fargo, we hope these efforts will have a ripple effect in communities—showcasing that when we work together small changes can make a big impact.”

If you want to organize a build for your organization, you can click here to see our current volunteer opportunities – and register online – or call the Volunteer Hotline (304-720-4470) to learn more about how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity. You can also e-mail our volunteer coordinator, Susan Keener, for more information – Susan@hfhkp.org.

Click HERE to make a secure, online financial contribution.