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Define Your Legacy

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam recently founded our Legacy Society to recognize the importance of estate gifts in accomplishing our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to call home. Our Legacy Society creates new opportunities and preserves our future through planned gifts. These gifts can qualify for significant tax deductions and include bequests, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.

Tax BenefitsWhy Include a Bequest in Your Will or Trust?

Naming Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam as a beneficiary in an IRA, life insurance policy, other financial account or in your will is one critical way that you can help provide for future stability and growth.

The reasons that donors make charitable bequests are generally as varied as the donors themselves, but perhaps one common denominator is a sincere desire to give back to their community. Other advantages include:

It’s easy. The easiest way to leave a Legacy Gift and become a Legacy Society member is through your will.

It’s revocable. With a bequest, you are not actually making a gift until your death. Until then, you are free to alter your plans, eliminating the worry that you might make a commitment you could later regret.

It’s tax-smart. Your estate is entitled to an unlimited estate tax charitable deduction for bequests to qualified charitable organizations.

If you have already included Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam in your plans, please let us know so we can thank you!

The names of individuals who donate an estate gift or designate Habitat for Humanity for memorials are recognized on our new Legacy Society plaque hung in the lobby. In addition, individuals who notify us of a future estate or memorial gifts are recognized the same.How to Give

Contact wandreas@hfhkp.org or call 304-720-0141 ext. 16 for more information.

Bequest Provision 
A provision in a will may be made using the following language:

I give, devise, and bequeath to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam, a non-profit corporation located at 815 Court Street in Charleston, West Virginia, _______ percent of my estate (or the sum of $__________; or ________ percent of the residue of my estate) as an unrestricted gift.

It’s that simple!

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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Habitat Teaches Home Builders How to be Safe on the Jobsite

Whether on the roof nailing shingles, using power tools on the ground or painting the inside of a closet, Habitat for Humanity strives to keep its volunteers safe.

Several homebuilders met in Charleston in January at BrickStreet Insurance. They were there for a quarterly meeting of the Home Builders’ Association of West Virginia. The focus: preventing workplace falls. Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was invited to speak about its exceptional volunteer safety practices, in particular its use of the Horizontal Under-eave Guardrail System known as HUGS: a truss mounted roof top safety guardrail system.

Using volunteer labor can be quite a dilemma when it comes to keeping workers on the work site safe. One of the most dangerous areas of a volunteer work site is a roof. Because of that, Habitat uses HUGS fall prevention railing on all houses it builds.

At the January 18th meeting, Bill “Tiny” Hanshaw, Habitat for Humanity’s construction supervisor, spoke to over 40 homebuilders detailing the HUGS safety guardrails he uses to protect Habitat volunteers. Hanshaw’s presentation focused on the ease of using HUGS guardrails to provide maximum worker safety. As he spoke, he told the home builders that HUGS are a worthy investment.

“Safety is always Habitat’s first priority because we work with volunteers.”

HUGS Railing Safety “We have been using the HUGS system for years now and believe it is great. I couldn’t imagine putting volunteers on a roof without it,” Hanshaw said. He went on to say as a construction supervisor he has always preferred the HUGS system over safety nets and harnesses because HUGS are stable, more reliable and can be reused for years.

Hanshaw told the group that many Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country prefer the system because it does not interfere with roofing, wall finishing, window, siding or other installations, is compliant with fall protection standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and gives workers the confidence to safely work on roofing projects at Habitat build sites.

Hanshaw ended his presentation by saying that HUGS are great for anyone that builds houses – not just volunteer organizations – who want to provide a safe working environment for everyone. “Instead of requiring special training and fall prevention equipment, HUGS can be put up easily and at a low cost, providing the safest possible work environment.”

Spring 2018 Master Homeowner Workshops

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Spring 2018 Master Homeowner Program

Do you have a few free hours in the evening? Are you looking to learn something new and useful? If so, Habitat for Humanity has something for you!

Home maintenance costs can add up fast. However, you could save money doing the upkeep yourself, and the sense of pride you’ll get from taking matters into your own hands will last a lifetime. If you don’t want to do the work yourself, knowing how it should be done is just as important for getting the results you expect from a contractor.

ClassesHabitat for Humanity has put together a series of classes that will teach you how to be a successful, lifelong homeowner. Our program is the only one of its kind in the country. It was developed right here in West Virginia with the needs of Habitat for Humanity homebuyers in mind, but it’s open to anyone.

“If you know how a job is done, but you don’t want to do it yourself, you can still make sure the job is done right. Our classes teach you what you need to know.” – Janie Hamilton, Master Homeowner Program Coordinator

What You Get

Master Homeowner ClassesThere are 9 classes in the course covering all possible issues of home ownership, and also a nine-week financial course that teaches you budgeting and money management. You have the option of taking single classes that interest you. Individual Master Homeowner classes cost $10 each. Our financial course price varies.

To register for the complete nine-class Master Homeowner course, CLICK HERE.

Classes Include:

Home & Neighborhood Safety: This class will teach you to identify potential threats to the security of yourself and your property, and learn the best practices for reporting and deterring security risks. Taught by our local law enforcement, this class puts the most experienced instructors at the helm — teaching you the “how-to” of home and neighborhood safety including personal, property and Internet safety.
Monday, March 26, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Legal and Insurance Issues of Homeownership: You will learn the legal rights and responsibilities of homeownership. This class covers estate planning. It also teaches you the insurance coverage you should have from a legal standpoint.
Monday, April 2, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Neighborhood Relations: You will gain a better understanding of the importance of forming positive relationships with your closest neighbors and the wider community, thus being empowered to improve your neighborhood. This class is a very “in your face” kind of class — taking a look at just how to rethink the kind of neighbor you really are and how to tolerate neighbors that are bit difficult.
Monday, April 9, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Basic Household Plumbing: You will learn the details of a basic household plumbing system and learn where to check for leaks. This class will teach you the what, why, and how-to’s of household plumbing from second generation contractor John Thompson of E. J. Thompson & Son LLC. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, April 16, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Homeowner’s Toolbox: You will learn what basic tools are needed in and around the house. This class teaches you how to buy, store and use your tools properly.  Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, April 23, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Home Fire Safety & Prevention: You will learn the most common causes of house fires and how to protect your family and home. Charleston firefighters will work with you during the class — teaching you how to use fire extinguishers and properly store them. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, April 30, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Home Maintenance: Join us and learn how doable and economical home maintenance can be.  This class will teach you if and when it is time to call a professional, and what you need to look for to avoid the natural deterioration of your home.  Cade Vogelsong of Viking Construction will lead this informative class. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, May 7, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Home Electrical Basics: You will learn to identify the type of service panel in your home, and how to best practice electrical safety in your home. This class will teach you what you really need to know about your home electrical system for the safety and protection of your family and home. You’ll learn from Master Electrician Mike Abernethy if and when an electrician needs to be called, and how to hire one. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, May 14, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Home Energy Efficiency: Learn from a professional efficiency expert how to save on your home energy costs by learning why and how it works in the simplest, cost efficient ways and do much of it yourself. Take control by learning the facts. This class will help you identify areas of energy loss in your home, and show you how to remedy them.  Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, May 21, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Classes are offered in two cycles per year. If you miss a class during the current spring 2018 session — and that’s okay — then you will automatically be registered for the next cycle in fall 2018.

For more information on our classes, contact Janie Hamilton at 304-720-0141 ext. 18 or janie@hfhkp.org.

Financial Planning: The Cornerstone of Homeownership

As future homeowners partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a place they can call home, they work hundreds of hours to secure a better future for themselves and their families. Those future homeowners work to build their home — and the homes of others — alongside volunteers, but they also take steps that will help ensure their long-term success once they are in the home. Homeowners will not stay homeowners if they do not learn to take charge of their financial life. 76% of Homeowners live paycheck to paycheck.

All future Habitat homeowners participate in financial education classes that help them develop a solid foundation, often before the building process even begins.

Laura, a Habitat homeowner who has lived in the home she helped build for approximately a year and a half, says Habitat for Humanity’s classes can have a long-lasting, generational impact. “They set you up for success,” she says, “creating that sense of security that comes not only from homeownership, but savings and investments.”

We’d like you to join us for our next “Financial Peace University,” – a nine-lesson course focusing on money management taught by financial guru, Dave Ramsey and facilitated by Janie Hamilton. Janie is a Financial Peace University graduate, and she lives the methods learned through the course. She will present Dave’s tried and true method to walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more.

The best way to jump-start your financial planning and to see the most significant life-change is to join our local group and experience the class with other people. Classes typically meet for two hours once a week for nine weeks. The accountability and motivation you receive from discussing the lessons and meeting people face-to-face is the key to changing your life! Our classes start up in January.

“When we sit down, the very first class, we have them create a budget and list all of their outgoing payments and all of their incoming money each month so that they can get hands-on and actually see what’s going on,” says Janie Hamilton, course facilitator.

When you start “Financial Peace University,” you get immediate access to your online account which includes video of Dave’s teaching as well as additional reading and tools to help you win with money! You get one year of online access included when you purchase the course materials. Go through the video lessons and join our local group Monday nights starting in January for extra encouragement.

Schedule & Lessons

• Lesson 1 – January 08, 2018 – Super Saving
• Lesson 2 – January 15, 2018 – Relating With Money
• Lesson 3 – January 22, 2018 – Cash Flow Planning
• Lesson 4 – January 29, 2018 – Dumping Debt
• Lesson 5 – February 05, 2018 – Buyer Beware
• Lesson 6 – February 12, 2018 – The Role of Insurance
• Lesson 7 – February 19, 2018 – Retirement and College Planning
• Lesson 8 – February 26, 2018 – Real Estate and Mortgages
• Lesson 9 – March 05, 2018 – The Great Misunderstanding

For more information, including cost, or to purchase your class materials and register, click here: https://fpu.com/1050847
You can also contact Janie Hamilton directly with your questions at 304-720-0141 ext. 18 or email Janie at janie@hfhkp.org.

1 Year of Support

 

A Taste of The French Goat in Charleston

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February 22, 2018
6:00 p.m.
The Clay Center

Tickets are $100 each
Two for $175

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A Casual Culinary Gala Benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

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 finest gourmet restaurants. As we’ve done in the past, we’re bringing one of the West Virginia’s top restaurants to Charleston. This year we’ve chosen to host The French Goat from Lewisburg at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. The French Goat offers a menu of classic French dishes with a twist and an eclectic and quality wine list. Our event will feature The French Goat’s most 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.

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 beginnings 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.

Music by the band “Total Meltdown” will fill the Grand Lobby with excitement as we showcase our one-of-a-kind silent auction. We’ve curated a selection of things to bring new adventures and exciting travel to your life! The items that you’ll be bidding on will take you farther than you can imagine.

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

 
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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.

Click Here to Donate Now

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.

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 Director, William Andreas, at 304-720-0141 ext. 16 or by email at wandreas@hfhkp.org.

Click HERE to make a secure, online financial contribution.