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Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to helping people in need realize their dreams of homeownership.

The Kanawha Valley Board of Realtors is a multi-year partner of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam. This year, however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the KVBOR is unable to volunteer as a large group out of an abundance of caution. However, board members are helping Habitat in a different way this year.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam restarted its construction program this past summer after more than a year of being shut down because of COVID-19. Despite the higher cost of materials and some post-pandemic fundraising challenges, those involved are optimistic that 2021 will be better. They are also hoping they’ll be able to help more families realize their dreams of affordable homeownership.

It’s hard to believe that another month has come and gone. As we enter October and inch closer to the holiday season, year-end giving and volunteering also ramp up. Think about what you like to do or something that you’re passionate about. Those hobbies and interests can translate into helping an organization succeed. For example, if you love working with your hands, consider donating your talents to help Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam build.

When cleaning, remodeling, or moving, you often run into household items you no longer use, but that are still in great condition. Whether it be items like the windows you just replaced or an old TV, you may wonder, “Should I donate this?” Find out the best way to make the most of your item by following these guidelines in the flowchart included in this article.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Counties has restarted its construction program after more than a year of being shut down because of COVID-19.

The new leader of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha-Putnam says he’s ready to tackle challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Andrew Blackwood will join the organization as its new executive director. Blackwood will assume the role held by Shawn Means for the past three decades. Means announced his retirement in January and will officially end his service on June 30.

On July 1, 2021, a new executive director will take over the reins of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam County as I retire from the position after 27 years. I first announced my intention to retire last November so the board of directors would have adequate time to find the person to lead Habitat into the next chapter of its story, so I have had lots of time to reflect on the past nearly three decades and how Habitat has changed over the course of my career.

As West Virginians continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and move toward greater economic stability, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam continues to raise funds to help families and individuals make a better life for themselves through affordable, safe housing. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, one in seven families was spending half or more of their income on their rent or mortgage. We can not do this without your help though.

Shawn Means, long-time executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam, has announced that he will retire in 2021. Shawn’s last day with Habitat will be June 30, 2021 – 27 years to the day since he assumed the role of Executive Director.

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.

When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help Habitat for Humanity without having to leave your home.

At Habitat for Humanity, safety has always been a part of what we do. Now more than ever, we want to stay safe so that we can stay open.

The Charleston ReStore is planning to reopen during the first part of July. We are not accepting donations at this time, and our store remains closed to shoppers until then.

Families may find themselves in need of decent shelter due to a variety of circumstances — unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded living conditions, damaged or dilapidated structures, unsafe neighborhoods, or lack of access to land and affordable financing.

When families partner with Habitat, they start down a new path — one with far fewer barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life.

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