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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.What restaurant will take over the Clay Center on February 22nd?

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.

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.

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.

 

Habitat for Humanity’s Community Center

Community Center Logo Rental Venue

Are you looking for a rental venue to hold classes and meetings? Habitat for Humanity has the place for you! The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center in Charleston is a spacious and comfortable rental facility available for both public and private use.

The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center Rental Venue

The Homeowner Education and Community Center accommodates 200 people seated presentation style or 104 seated at round tables. The 2,210 sq. foot center’s maximum capacity is 225.

The community center is located at 815 Court Street — diagonally across from Greens Feed and Seed on the corner of Court Street and Piedmont Road. There is a spacious parking lot on site providing over 80 parking spots.

When looking for a rental venue to host meetings, receptions, workshops, and presentations, consider using the John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center. The center is only 4.7 miles from Yeager Airport and .01 miles from downtown Charleston.

Habitat for Humanity’s Master Homeowner Program and Habitat ReStore’s do-it-yourself workshops all take place in the newly renovated center.

The Community Room Includes:

200 chairs
13 round 72” tables
4 rectangular 30” x 72” tables
Projection screen and ceiling mounted projector
Whiteboard
Kitchen (sink, fridge, microwave, Bunn® coffee maker) and wash basins
Public bathrooms
Wireless internet access
Local original art (shows change quarterly)
Storage closets for groups that have reoccurring events

If your event/meeting/workshop is open to the public, please let us know; we will help promote it by utilizing our website calendar, Facebook page, in-ReStore display and email distribution list.

For questions, please contact:
Janie Hamilton
304-720-0141 ext. 18
Janie@hfhkp.org

Community Center Rental Venue Floor Plan

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.

When Families in our Community Have a Better Life

When families in our community have a better life, it benefits all of us. Our schools, our workplaces, our neighborhoods and our lives improve. Housing may seem like only one piece in the puzzle, but it leads to a more complete, stable picture for West Virginians.

As much as we rely on volunteer service and donations, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam cannot function without your financial assistance.

Your gift will enable us to purchase construction materials for the houses we are building in our North Hills neighborhood. Additionally, the gift you make to Habitat for Humanity enables us to have the professional staff necessary to oversee projects, coordinate volunteers, and conduct homeowner education programs.

With the help of generous donors like you, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is providing people in need with decent, affordable homes of their own. A donation to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam offers you a unique opportunity to:

  • Partner with people in need to build a safe, decent home
  • Strengthen the community’s tax base
  • Stimulate the economy by allowing partner homeowners to spend much less on housing, therefore increasing disposable income
  • Receive a tax deduction
  • Offer a hand up rather than a hand out
  • See your faith and generosity in action

Each gift you make helps a family move closer to their dream of homeownership, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Won’t you consider being our financial partner and help us help families reach their goals?

Join us now by giving to our first Home By Autumn campaign.

Click Here to Donate Now

Celebrating National Dog Day: August 26th

August 26th is National Dog Day

Many people that we partner with dream of one day owning a home where their children can have a pet, and there comes a time in most parent’s lives when they’re asked that one particular question by their kid: “Can we get a dog?” This weekend may be a good time to say yes. Saturday is a day to celebrate dogs — all breeds, pure and mixed. It also serves to help mobilize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need rescuing each year. National Dog Day also honors service dogs that work to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort to people.

You may not know it, but dogs are more than just pets. Dogs put their lives on the line every day, and we put them to use in a multitude of ways. We adopt them for personal protection, for law enforcement and to help the disabled. Dogs even ensure our safety by detecting and finding bombs. Some work to keep the streets safe by sniffing out drugs and tracking criminals. Now, scientists are using dogs to detect cancer and oncoming seizures — things even humans cannot do. Dogs definitely deserve a day of recognition.

If you’re an exceptional dog mom or dad, chances are, you already have pictures picked out for your adorable posts to commemorate National Dog Day. Yes, those posts that will make us wannabe dog owners sit in a corner and pet our screens.

Celebrate the Dog in Your Life

If you want to celebrate National Dog Day, it can be as easy as giving your four-legged friend a big hug and kiss. Other ways to celebrate your soul-mutt include teaching your dog a new trick, getting your pooch a new collar or doing something special for Fido. You can’t go wrong with new treats or a day in a park. If you are looking for other ways to show your love for man’s best friend, but you’re not a dog owner, you can always donate food, bedding or toys to your local shelter.

Some people say part of the American Dream is having a home with space to let their children play. What better way to get a child active than to give them a pet partner to burn off some of that young energy. If you can provide a good home and the attention a dog needs, go a step further and adopt a dog from your local shelter.

In honor of the 2017 National Dog Day, we’ve put together a slide show (top of the article) featuring our staff’s furry friends. Not everyone in the building owns a dog, so we’re including man’s other best friend – cats – in our slideshow also.

We want to see your furry friends! Post your pet pictures to our Facebook page.

Learn more at NationalDogDay.com.

Click HERE to make a secure, online financial contribution.