Over two dozen parishioners from Village Chapel Presbyterian Church spent their weekend volunteering at Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s construction site on North Hills Drive in Charleston. Village Chapel has partnered with Habitat for the non-profit’s ongoing “Building on Faith” cooperative. The church has also been raising donations for Habitat since the partnership was announced in March.
Saturday, April 21, 2018, Pastor Todd Wright from Village Chapel presented a check to Habitat’s Development Director, Bill Andreas, totaling over $7,800.
“We’ve wanted to do this for a while, and I can tell you – there is more to come,” Wright said after presenting the check in front of several volunteers.
The Village Chapel volunteer group spent two days working with a Habitat homebuyer to help her build her house. The groups installed laminate flooring, painted the homes interior walls and detailed baseboards. Most of the volunteers say that this is not their first time working on Habitat’s construction site. Many also say that they will be back out this year to volunteer again.
“It’s partnership’s like this that fuel the mission of Habitat,” said Bill Andreas. “We are a Christian ministry, and this is how you put your faith into action.”
Habitat’s “Building on Faith” partnership brings churches together from all denominations; the mission being to spread God’s love through tangible actions. It encourages churches to partner together and with Habitat for Humanity. Parishioners from churches in the program volunteer a day of their time to help a Habitat Homebuyer build their house.
Right now, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is searching for more churches to partner with this build season. Habitat is in the process of working to organize a large group-build day made up of multiple church congregations, Habitat Homebuyers and other community members. A date has not been set.
If you, your church or your business would like more information about partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam, please e-mail Bill Andreas at email@example.com.
It’s time to get motivated after spending the winter in a more restful state. As cold March days give way to mild April nights, more and more people are turning to home projects to break out of their winter hibernation. Spring cleaning is the most common, and easiest, thing you can do now as the weather still warms up. No one really looks forward to spring cleaning, but it helps to think about the final result: a clean and fresh house!
You may feel unsure where to start, but get your spring cleaning started by removing the clutter from your home. It’s as simple as taking stock of what you have and haven’t used lately. Outside of seasonal items, anything that you haven’t used in the last year is probably a safe bet to donate.
Divide your household items into separate piles with “keep”, “toss out”, and “donate” labels to make sure nothing is done away with improperly. It may seem hard at first, but once you get started it you’ll likely be surprised at how much you really don’t need.
Don’t just toss all of your unwanted belongings in the trash. Remember that “donate” pile. A lot of the items that have accumulated in your home are probably still in good shape and could be used by someone else. You can donate your gently used furniture to Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Most ReStores can arrange pickup for large items that won’t fit into your car. They also accept things like light fixtures, lumber, sinks, toilets, bathtubs and home goods.
ReStore Approved Donations Include
Framed Art and Mirrors
Cabinets and Countertops
Doors and Windows
Furniture (home and office)
Don’t let the fear of possibly needing an item scare you into keeping things you don’t need—repurpose it so someone else can enjoy it. Donate your items and make a difference for people in your community.