Archive for month: April, 2018

Village Chapel Parishioners Donate Over $7,800 to Habitat for Humanity

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.Village Chapel Presbyterian Church Presents Check to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

“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.”

Building on FaithHabitat’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

City National Bank Continues Its Partnership with Habitat For Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

City National Bank continues its partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam this month as several employees gave up their Saturday to help a Habitat homebuyer build their home. Fourteen team members from City National signed up for a group volunteer build day, and each spent their Saturday working indoors painting a house that is nearly complete. City National employees have made hands-on contributions a regular part of their support, logging dozens of hours at the bustling construction site in Kanawha County.

 “…it just shows their high-level commitment in helping us create a better community.”

“City [National Bank] employees don’t just work in the communities they serve,” Habitat Development Director William Andreas said in a statement about the volunteers. “They are very organized, and when all the employee volunteers show up on a snowy morning it just shows their high-level commitment in helping us create a better community.”

City National became a long-term Habitat partner in 2004 with a $100,000 four-year pledge gift. That money was put towards Habitat’s campaign “Hammering in the Hills.” That campaign helped to build the North Hills Drive Housing Division in Charleston. Upon the fulfillment of that pledge, City National Bank followed up with two additional donations benefiting the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and ongoing construction jobs in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Recently, City National Bank became a “Thank God It’s Friday Builders Club” (TGIF) sponsor. This type of partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam entitles City National employees that come out to volunteer on a one-day construction project several benefits such as on-site lunch, branded clothing and more.

Over the last two years, City National Bank has also been a major sponsor of Habitat’s largest annual fundraiser, “A Taste of … in Charleston.” Just this year, Craig Stillwell, the Executive Vice President of City National Bank, joined Habitat for Humanity’s Board of Directors.

“This year they even took their support a step further…”

“City National Bank has been a consistent donor to the work we do in the area,” said Shawn Means, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s Executive Director. “This year they even took their support a step further and are coming out twice to help build. We got a major donation from the bank to put towards their second build.”

Currently, City National Bank has scheduled two full-day construction builds for 2018.

About Team Builds

There is no donation required to organize or take part in a Team Build. 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. Your team members and company will also be featured on our website and social media platforms. Read more about Team Build Days here:

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 Director, William Andreas, at 304-720-0141 ext. 16 or by email at

Hello Spring, Goodbye Clutter

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



Architectural Items

Framed Art and Mirrors

Cabinets and Countertops

Doors and Windows


File Cabinets


Furniture (home and office)


Home Decorations

ReStore Items Not Accepted

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.

Soring Cleaning Goodbye Clutter

Click HERE to make a secure, online financial contribution.