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St. Michael Parish Sends Over Two Dozen Youth Volunteers to Charleston

Over two dozen youth volunteers from Chicago’s Saint Michael Parish are in Charleston, West Virginia this week to help Habitat for Humanity homebuyers build their future homes. The volunteer group will be in town until Friday, June 15th. They are staying at the bunk quarters at Bream Presbyterian Church. This is the 21st year that the St. Michael’s youth ministry has organized a mission trip to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam.

21 teens and four adults will be working at Habitat’s Charleston construction site at 847 North Hills Drive. Each day, Habitat’s construction supervisor, Bill “Tiny” Hanshaw, will present the group with several job duties such as landscaping, digging and installing drainage ditches, and moving dirt to fill in a homebuyer’s crawl space foundation. The group will be working from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day, and then they’ll have the chance to explore Charleston. Nightly activities for the youth group include local dinners, a movie night and a trip to Cato pool. On Friday, the group plans to attend Live on the Levee before returning to Illinois.

Bill Ward and Rose Koch have been organizing and supervising St. Michael annual mission trip for 21 years. Ward says that it’s a very popular event for their church. “We always try to open this up to new kids, but this year we have about a half-dozen returning volunteers, and many of them are siblings,” says Ward.

Group membersOver the last two decades, St. Michael’s has sent hundreds of volunteers to Charleston to partner with Habitat for Humanity. The theme for this year’s annual trip is “Faith Can Move Mountains.” St. Michael’s youth ministry says its goal is to be the change that they wish to see in the world, and members of the volunteer group say that this is their chance to put their faith into action.

Mai Martino, an annual youth volunteer says, “I’ve been volunteering for four years now. It’s nice to help other people, and I just fell in love with it and have been coming back every year.”

“The work is manual labor. We’re moving dirt. We’re helping build and we’re having fun. It’s fun work,” says first-time volunteer Ryan Bonini. girls group

St. Michael’s youth ministry held a car wash in May to fund their trip. The group raised almost $900 to fund their week in Charleston. Parents and other members of the church also donated money to fund meals and transportation.

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

Appliances

Antiques

Architectural Items

Framed Art and Mirrors

Cabinets and Countertops

Doors and Windows

Electrical

File Cabinets

Flooring

Furniture (home and office)

Hardware

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

Habitat Receives $7000 Grant from The First Presbyterian Church of Charleston

Staff and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam are excited to put some new funds to use building homes in Charleston. On March 26th, The First Presbyterian Church of Charleston awarded Habitat a community grant for $7000. The grant money will be directly used to purchase construction materials for Habitat’s growing North Charleston neighborhood.

Kanawha and Putnam counties are home to nearly 250,000 residents. Unfortunately, nearly one of five are suffering with the burden of substandard housing such as leaky roofs, faulty plumbing, electrical failures, inadequate heat or overcrowding. Even more are struggling with an unmanageable cost or living and raising families in fear of unsafe neighborhoods. Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is working to change that.

Habitat helps people build homes and provides homeowner education, financial literacy training and construction training. By partnering with families, Habitat empowers communities. The non-profit mobilizes volunteers and supporters, engages corporations, foundations, churches and faith groups to get involved – whether through donations of time or money.

An Ongoing Partnership

The First Presbyterian Church of Charleston has a long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam. It has been making annual donations since 2006, and for the last few years the church has been sending out groups of 8 to 15 parishioners to spend a day on Habitat’s construction site helping Habitat partners build their homes.

This most recent grant check was presented to Habitat for Humanity’s executive director, Shawn Means. Means says that without help from the faith-based community, Habitat could not build the communities it strives to create. “We rely on partnerships to build homes. We cannot do it alone,” Means said.

After the check presentation, the church giving committee was treated to a private tour of Habitat’s administrative offices and its Charleston ReStore operation. The group of four then took a trip outside to tour Habitat’s expanding neighborhood in Charleston.

During the tour, William Andreas, development director for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam, explained to representatives from the church how Habitat is able to build homes and sell them to Habitat partners at a zero-interest mortgage. “Habitat mortgages are affordable because we use mostly volunteer labor and some construction materials are donated,” Andreas said. He added, “Each payment is then reinvested into our construction fund to build more homes.”

Habitat is expecting The First Presbyterian Church of Charleston to continue their partnership this build season. Right now, Habitat is in the process of working to organize a large group build day made up of church congregations, Habitat homebuyers and other community members. A date has not been set.

Empowering Communities for a Better World

Jennifer's Family & New Habitat Home Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam has a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We believe in this vision because we know shelter is about more than four walls and a roof. A safe, secure, adequate, affordable home changes lives. A home helps people stay healthier. Having a place to call home helps children do better in school. A home helps people feel safe and secure. A home helps families achieve financial stability and reach for new opportunities. A home helps break the relentless cycle of poverty.

Habitat works toward our vision in multiple ways. We help people build homes and provide homeowner education, financial literacy training and construction training. By partnering with families, we are empowering communities. We work to mobilize volunteers and supporters, engage corporations, foundations, governments, churches and faith groups to get involved.

Your Donations at Work

At this very moment in Kanawha and Putnam counties, Habitat volunteers, supporters and families are building homes, communities and hope. We have helped hundreds of people afford a decent home. What we are really building is a world every family and every child has a chance for a better tomorrow.

This is where you come in! Help us build that world. We invite you make an investment into your community.  

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Giving Tuesday: A Day to Give Back

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In November, we have three days for getting deals – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, there is another day gaining momentum: Giving Tuesday – a day for giving back.

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, charities, families, businesses, and people around the country come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Giving Tuesday was started in a YMCA in New York six years ago. Today, it has evolved into a global movement that encourages people to give back monetarily and with their time. The day falls after several days of indulgence, including: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. On Giving Tuesday, you are encouraged to donate money to your favorite charities and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. You can also donate goods, like building supplies and furniture – to the ReStore in Charleston and in Teays Valley.

Giving Tuesday is meant to remind people to share their bounty with folks who might not have a decent, affordable place to call home. Event organizers are encouraging people to spend the next month worrying less about what is on their personal Christmas lists and more time encouraging and amplifying small acts of kindness.

Shawn Means, executive director at Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam says that Giving Tuesday is an ideal way for families and individuals to shift their focus from the “commercialized,” sometimes-stressful shopping experiences of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to community members who are in true need of a helping hand.

“That is what this world needs,” Means added. “The world needs people who can wake up and see the people out there who are in need of help. We all need to think about other people.”

Help us help West Virginia

Please, join us on Giving Tuesday and help us help our community. Donations to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam can be deducted off business and personal taxes when 2018 rolls around.

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To learn how your donation will be used in our community, visit http://hfhkp.org/donations-habitat or click here.

To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit https://www.givingtuesday.org or search for #GivingTuesday on social media platforms.

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Escape the Chill of Winter with a Culinary Adventure

Imagine yourself surrounded by lights, music and fine food. Outside, it’s the middle of February. Inside, the air is warm and the mood evokes feelings of somewhere far away.  There is a hint of adventure in the room. Several items you could use to further escape the chill outside are at your fingertips.  You peer out of the room’s windows to see snow flurries in the wind.  You look across the spacious room and see the first course of a gourmet meal unveiled for the crowd. The scent takes you someplace far away from the cold.  You make your way to your seat to join your friends.  As the first bite hits your tongue, you’re transported to another place, leaving winter behind.  As the remaining courses make their way to your table, you find yourself losing sight of the chill outside.Taste of Teaser 2018

This February, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam gives you the chance to escape the blustery cold and dine with one of the state’s most popular gourmet restaurants.  As we’ve done in the past, we’re bringing one of the West Virginia’s top restaurants to Charleston.

The Grand Lobby of The Clay Center will fill with food, music and members of our community as we showcase a veteran chef’s creations for you to enjoy.  Our event will feature seven popular dishes, wine and spirits, as well as a signature cocktail.  You will indulge in several unique tastes and textures that most have only read about in travel magazines.

Music from a popular live band, inspired by your culinary adventure, will fill the Grand Lobby with excitement as we showcase the specially-selected items from our one-of-a-kind silent auction.  The things you’ll be bidding on will take you farther than you can imagine.  We’ve curated a selection of items to bring new adventures and exciting travel to your life!

All adventures should include in bit of mystery, so we can’t tell you too much yet.  In the coming months, we will drop hints and clues about what we have in store for the Kanawha Valley this winter.

Join us in the Grand Lobby of the Clay Center in Charleston this winter for a culinary adventure.  Leave the cold behind.

Country Singer Chris Stapleton Becomes a Major Habitat Donor

Country Singer Chris Stapleton Makes Surprise Donation to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

Country music singer Chris Stapleton surprised local volunteers and board members from Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam with a sizable donation that will enable Habitat to continue its mission of providing affordable housing.

The $10,000 grant from the Outlaw State of Kind Fund was bestowed on the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, based in Nashville.

“We didn’t know what to think at first; this was an unexpected surprise,” said Shawn Means, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam. Means said the donation came out of the blue.

Right now, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is building a community along North Hills Drive in Charleston. Stapleton’s donation will be used to begin construction on Habitat’s 173rd home. That home will be located in the growing North Hills neighborhood.

Stapleton is wrapping up his All-American Road Show tour. The singer’s Charleston concert was rescheduled to November 2nd from its original June date after he sustained a hand injury. Stapleton’s next stop is Columbus, Ohio.

About Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1988, Habitat has built more than 170 homes in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Habitat for Humanity serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time. The foundation empowers individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals.

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.

Covestro Donates $50,000 and Helps Build a House

Covestro donates $50,000 and employee labor to help build a house for a local family in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

This week, employees at Covestro in South Charleston, West Virginia, will join with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam for a good cause: raising the roof on a new house in Charleston. This “Raise the Roof” project was made possible by a $50,000 donation.

“Covestro has been one of our biggest contributors – supporting our mission both financially, through its generous contributions, as well as through its employees’ donation of time and ‘sweat equity,'” said Shawn Means, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam.

From September 25th through September 30th, employees from Covestro, along with professional leadership from Habitat for Humanity, will work to “Raise the Roof” on the new house. After bringing the structure under roof, the construction effort will continue over several weeks following the normal Habitat for Humanity building schedule.Covestro Logo

The new house will benefit a local family who successfully completes the partnership program required by Habitat for Humanity. In addition to a down payment and zero-interest monthly mortgage payments, Habitat homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor in building their house and the houses of others. In addition to investing their “sweat equity,” the local family selected for this home will also fulfill other requirements, including completion of Habitat’s Master Homeowner Program.

Covestro and Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam have a solid, long-standing relationship. Since 2004, Covestro employees have volunteered many hours of work in support of various Habitat for Humanity projects. To date, Covestro has invested nearly a half million dollars toward Habitat’s work in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

 

Gain Real-World Experience Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

You can help Habitat for Humanity eliminate substandard housing in your community.

It only takes one day of your time to make a difference for someone that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re a carpenter, an accountant, a school teacher, a student or a CEO — there is a volunteer spot at Habitat for Humanity for you.Volunteer

Do you want to learn some homebuilding basics, but you don’t have any construction experience? No problem. We have an experienced construction supervisor on our Charleston job site to teach you what you need to know to help with the homebuilding process.

Are you a group or a business that is looking for a project you can tackle as a team? We can help! Many people from all walks of life have volunteered as a team to help build Habitat homes. You will work side-by-side with your community to help make someone’s dream of home ownership a reality.

You don’t need any experience. All you need is a willing spirit and a positive attitude.

Volunteer close to home. Our current jobsite is on North Hills Drive in north Charleston.

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 of Kanawha & Putnam. 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.