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  March 18th, 2015  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Hosts Student Volunteers in West Virginia for Spring Break

Franklin, WV., (March 16, 2015) – This spring break, Almost Heaven, Habitat for Humanity will host 10 groups, a total of 163 students from 9 states, as a part of Habitat for Humanity’s national Collegiate Challenge program. These volunteers will be traveling to Pendleton, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas Counties in order to build houses and hope for these in need. Collectively the students are contributing over $32,000 that will be used to buy the building materials necessary to repair existing homes and to build new ones.

Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program invites students to spend one week working with Habitat for Humanity affiliates to build homes and improve communities. Since 1989, nearly 240,000 college and high school students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating over $25 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the US.

Gabrielle Koval from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia describes her first time volunteering, “This experience has allowed me to help those around me while also furthering my growth as a person. I’ve been humbled to meet members of such a wonderful community where a group of strangers can be welcomed in with such open arms.”

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat for Humanity has to engage the next generation of leaders in Habitat’s work.

“We’ve been hosting Collegiate Challenge volunteers for 25 years and we use Collegiate Challenge as an opportunity to kick-off our build season,” says Michelle L. Connor, CEO, of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. “The participants that come through Collegiate Challenge’s alternative spring break program are energetic and ready to make an impact in our community. During the five weeks in which we are hosting Collegiate Challenge volunteers we will perform six critical home repairs and bring two new houses to substantial completion. It is a very exciting time of year and we are very thankful for their help.”

About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable housing to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build and renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.

 

 


  December 11th, 2014  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Great Beds, Great Cause, Marriott Donates Beds to Families in Need

Franklin, WV: (December 9, 2014) Marriott International, Inc.(NASDAQ:MAR) recently launched “Great Bed, Great Cause”, a ShopMarriott campaign that donated a bed for every bed purchased through it’s ShopMarriott website in the month of October. As a result of this program, 24 beds sets are being distributed by Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity to local families in need in Pendleton County, West Virginia.

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity is a member of Good360, a non-profit organization that partners with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and national retailers who are interested in donating their products. Habitat for Humanity was selected as one of the non-profits to receive the donated beds. Good360 provides “goods for the greater goods”: Good360 serve 40,000 nonprofits and has delivered $8 billion in product donations to non-profit organizations in the US.

“Through our partnership with Good360, ShopMarriott has provided beds to 20 families in our community,” said Michelle L. Connor, “Most of the families that are picking up beds today, have never had a new bed and some of the children in these families are sleeping on the floor. As families have come to pick up beds this afternoon we have heard many heartwarming stories of how these beds will make a real and lasting impact. Beds are where you cuddle with your little one and where you recover from an illness when you are sick. They are pretty emotional stories. These beds will provide more than just a good night’s sleep to families in need, they provide comfort and love. We hope ShopMarriott’s commitment inspires other companies to think about donating products to improve lives and strengthen local communities.”

“Everyone deserves a comfortable night’s sleep,” said Marriott International’s Erin Butler, Spa and Retail Analytics Manager. “Our hotels are a ‘home away from home’ for our guests. As a natural extension, we are committed to alleviating poverty, feeding the hungry, and creating places of refuge for people in times of need. Marriott’s ‘Spirit to Serve Our Communities’ social responsibility and community engagement commitment blends financial contributions, in-kind giving, and associate volunteerism around the world. In addition to donating these 24 bed sets to Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, Marriot Corporation has helped to build thousands of Habitat for Humanity homes in 15 countries around the world.”

About ShopMarriott
ShopMarriott is the official retailer of Marriott Hotels. Started in 1996, ShopMarriott aims to provide customers with the same level of quality and comfort that they enjoy in our hotels. Through the online retail website, ShopMarriott.com, customers can shop Marriott’s exclusive line of sheets, towels, amenities, and more- including ShopMarriott’s two most popular products- the Marriott Pillow and the Marriott Bed. Visit them online at www.shopmarriott.com

About Good360
Good360 is a nonprofit that works with companies, charities and individuals to make the business of giving simpler, more efficient and more effective. The Alexandria, Va.-based organization was created in 1983 to help companies efficiently donate slow-moving, obsolete and seasonal inventory to charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.Good360.org

About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org/donate

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  November 20th, 2014  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Has Reached the GuideStar Exchange Silver Participation Level as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

Franklin, WV: (November 20, 2014) – Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity today received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates that Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has a deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Michelle L. Connor, CEO of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media. As the giving season approaches more and more donors are looking to GuideStar and other accrediting agencies before they make their end of the year giving plans.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity had to provide verifiable financial, governance, and programmatic information on its nonprofit report page on www.guidestar.org for the Silver level of participation.

“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Connor. “We are engaged in exciting initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”

About the GuideStar Exchange
The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.

About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org/donate

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  July 14th, 2014  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

ReStore Welcomes New Store Manager

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVa., (June 27, 2014) – The Habitat for Humanity ReStore located on Main Street is pleased to welcome Brian Allen as the new ReStore manager. Brian is a recent graduate from Concord University, having received a bachelors in communications in December, and is a native of Summers County.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the ReStore’s success and I’m excited about the opportunity to be involved with Habitat for Humanity.” Allen said. “This is the first time I’ve worked in retail and for a Christian organization.”

Allen hopes to use his broadcasting and multimedia skills to help promote the ReStore and generate new partnerships for donations. He’s previously used those skills in the private sector and the military, having served with the United States Air Force. He currently volunteers at WHFI, an area radio station. He feels he’s up to the challenge to learning the ins and outs of retail and expanding his experiences.

The purpose of the ReStore is to serve as a constant fundraiser for Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, which serves Greenbrier, Pendleton, and Pocahontas Counties. As a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization, their mission is to eliminate substandard poverty housing and homelessness. The ReStore resells donated building materials and home items to raise money for the construction of Habitat houses. New, used and surplus materials are donated to the ReStore by individuals, contractors, businesses, retailers and manufacturers. The ReStore is a way for people on tight budgets to repair and maintain their property while also helping others realize the dream of owning a home.

The Restore in located at 37 Main Street in White Sulphur Springs. Their hours are 10am till 5pm, Thursday through Saturday, and they accept donations during those times as well. The ReStore has a Facebook page at Facebook.com/WSSReStore which lists type of items they accept for donation and features those that are for sale.

“The ReStore is a community project in a sense,” he said, “businesses and individuals provide our inventory and others buy it, but we’re all helping people with their homes and that’s important.”

Allen is married and has one son, a dog and a cat. They all currently live in Alderson, W.Va.


  June 18th, 2014  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Fathers Trade Their Remote Controls for Hammers this Fathers Day Weekend at the Habitat for Humanity Fathers Day Build

Franklin, WV: June 16, 2014 – Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity hosted the 11th annual Father’s Day Build on Saturday June 14th. The crew of seventeen volunteers included five fathers and future Habitat for Humanity homeowners including the Hawk, Hedrick, and Wright families.

Shane Johnson was joined by several other fathers who traded their remote controls for hammers this Father’s Day weekend. He said, “”It was great spending this time with my Dad and at the same time help the community. It feels good to be a part of the building team for such a good cause. I plan to bring my kids the next time so they can have this experience with Habitat too!”

The volunteers framed the interior walls of a house that will be blitz built later this summer.

All of the fathers that participated received a $10.00 gift certificate from B&H ACE Hardware in Franklin. Robert Hedrick was the winner of the DeWalt cordless drill, which was also donated by B&H ACE Hardware. Fox’s Pizza Den in Franklin generously provided pizza for all the participants, and Pendleton Community Bank provided financial support for the event.

“We are grateful to all who came out to build with us today,” said Michelle Connor, Executive Director of Almost Habitat for Humanity. “I’m especially proud of all the dads who are setting a fine example of servant leadership for their children. It warms my heart to see the families volunteering together to make a difference in our community. Your service today will make a lasting impact. Thank you all for your support!”

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.


  April 28th, 2014  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Students Trade Swimsuits for Hammers

FRANKLIN, WV (April 28, 2014) Some students are trading their swimsuits for hammers, the beach for construction sites, oceanfront hotels rooms for bunk beds and cots during their spring break vacation this year. They are giving up a week of relaxation to help families in need by building and repairing homes with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity.

The students are participating in Habitat for Humanity’s alternative break program called, “Collegiate Challenge.”

“This spring break, 24 groups, totaling over 450 students and faculty, from 14 states are traveling to Pendleton, Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties to build houses and hope for those in need. Collectively these students are contributing over $67,000 that will be used to buy the building materials necessary to repair existing homes and to build new ones,” says Michelle L. Connor, CEO of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. “We’ve been hosting Collegiate Challenge volunteers for over 20 years, but as part of our service area expansion, two years ago we started hosting volunteers in Greenbrier County and we are excited about continuing to host volunteers in Pocahontas County,” continues Connor.

Katie Aldrich, from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana reflects, “I absolutely loved this spring break! I definitely plan on working with Habitat again in the future. I think the organization of this program is incredible and serves as a great learning process for volunteers and group leaders alike.”

Gabe Alvarez, a student from Illinois Institute of Technology, sees it as better than any beach vacation, “I now see the power of this organization to promote change in the world and advocate for a chain reaction that will benefit all those in need. This has been a true eye-opener and I am blessed for this opportunity that was given.”
Greenbrier, Pendleton, and Pocahontas Counties are not alone. For the past 25 years, more than 230,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering across the country through Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program, donating nearly $24 million to Habitat affiliates.

”We are grateful to all of the students who have so graciously dedicated their spring break to helping others over the last 25 years,” said Mark Andrews, Habitat for Humanity International’s vice president of volunteer and institutional engagement. “Many families have been able to realize their dream of home ownership thanks to the Collegiate Challenge program.”

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat’s work. In addition to the ongoing support State Farm® offices provide to local Habitat affiliates across the United States, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs since 2007.

This year, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity plans to help 30 families. The organization has served Eastern West Virginia for 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes for hundreds of families. To date the organization has built and sold over 150 new homes and performed repairs on over 600 additional homes, all in partnership with low-income families in need, making their dream of homeownership a reality.


  April 22nd, 2014  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity to Open New ReStore in White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs, WV On Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 10 AM to 5 PM Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity is inviting residents throughout Eastern West Virginia to the Grand Opening of its new ReStore. Opening the Saturday after Earth Day is symbolic for the Habitat ReStore since all the materials and items for sale in it are new or gently used donations that would otherwise end up in area landfills.

“If you are doing spring cleaning and would like to get rid of that extra clutter around the house and in the garage, don’t throw it out! Donate it to the ReStore! We’d love to have it and it will help us build more houses!” said Kelli Martin, the ReStore Manager.

Local residents have already begun dropping off donations to the ReStore. Barbara Burdette from Fairlea donated enough materials and appliances to partially construct a kitchen. “We purchase new things and throw perfectly good things away just because we want to have something that is shiny and new. Why do this when we can help others and keep things out of our landfills.” Barbara said.

White Sulphur Springs Mayor Lloyd Haynes has been looking forward to the Grand Opening, saying, “I am thankful that Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has chosen White Sulphur Springs as a place not only to work with families in need, but to open a ReStore that will increase business in the city.”

“This is an exciting time for Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and we’d love for everyone in the community to consider joining us for our Grand Opening! Donate, shop, or volunteer! Each of these efforts brings us that much closer to making sure everyone has a safe and affordable place to live.” said Kelli.

The new ReStore is located at 37 East Main Street in White Sulphur Springs and business hours will be Thursday – Saturday from 10AM – 5PM.


  July 26th, 2013  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Scouts Do A Good Turn with Habitat for Humanity- Reaching The Summit Community Service Initiative comes to Habitat for Humanity White Sulphur Springs Summer Elms Development

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (July 19, 2013) -Two Troops of Scouts who were attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree volunteered on Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, at the Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Summer Elms Development in White Sulphur Springs. Participating in the Reaching The Summit Community Service Initiative, these Scouts helped to make community service history in the process of siding, painting, and landscaping several of the new houses being built in Habitat for Humanity’s subdivision. The Initiative stemmed five days and involves nine counties in Southern West Virginia, including Greenbrier County, in which 40,000 Scouts joined thousands of other community members to collectively donate 300,000 hours of community service—the largest community service effort in the history of our country!

On Thursday, Scouts with Troop A117 from the St. Paul, Minnesota, area arrived by charter bus ready to serve.  According to Scoutmaster Jerry Wallace, “We woke up this morning knowing we were going to go out into the community to serve. What we didn’t know was just where we would be serving or what we would be doing.  It is exciting that the Scouts can safely use some tools that they might not otherwise have an opportunity to use. It is great, too, that they get to work alongside future homeowner Patricia Patton. She is so excited and engaged in the activity.” Scoutmaster Wallace also noted that he would be happy to sign off on community service hours required for rank advancement as a result of this event. “This is a great example of how a service project should be run and managed. I am very impressed.”

The Scouts were very pleased with the day’s experience as well. Star Scout Andrew Johnson, 13, shared, “It was fun! I liked the fact that we got to work together. It was a great way to teach and to learn—I got to learn about painting.”  Life Scout Erik Santo, 16, agreed, “It was really fun. [Volunteering is] a great way to get out and express your enthusiasm to help the neighborhood.”

Star Scout Sawyer Cotterman, 13, was asked about the highlight of his day. “Getting to paint the exterior walls of the house. . .I don’t normally get to paint stuff. [Volunteering with] Habitat for Humanity is a great opportunity to get out and do stuff you might not otherwise get to do.”  First Class Scout Jose Romero, 14, agreed, “I was on the painting crew. Today was my first time painting. It was a learning experience, as well as an opportunity for community service. It was really fun!”  First Class Scout Rene Elias, 15, had a profound experience, “I was working on the fences and also did some painting. I have done community service before, but today I felt like my efforts will be used and enjoyed for a long time. People will notice them and appreciate them.”

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity’s Construction Crew Leader Cody Hose led a crew working in two of the houses doing rough-in plumbing. “I was impressed that the Scouts were so outgoing and interactive. The Scouts were well disciplined, they listened well and were very helpful.”  Habitat Partner Family and future homeowner Patricia Patton who was on site both days sang the praises of the Scouts, “They are such hard workers. . .All I can say is they are marvelous!  They are absolutely marvelous!”

On Friday, the Scouts of Troop C301 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Wayne Herrmann arrived early and ready to continue the work that was begun by their fellow Scouts the day before.  Senior Patrol Leader and Life Scout Dylan Hermanson, 15, remarked how much he was enjoying the National Jamboree. “What I like most is the wide variety of activities available and how it feels like the main, big family of Scouting is getting together to celebrate.  It is neat to experience our new high adventure base, but it is also great to be able to give back to the communities around [the Summit Bechtel Reserve] by doing these service projects.  The Boy Scout slogan is, ‘Do a Good Turn Daily,’ and today’s project is a great way to honor that commitment.”

Also visiting the site to check on progress were Colonel Stuart Brown and SMS Tim Shipway of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard.  These men are serving as the County Liason Officers for logistics and operations for Greenbrier County during the Reaching The Summit Community Service Initative.  Both were very impressed with the hard work and dedication of the Boy Scouts.

Also volunteering on the site was “Manchester Brigade,” a group of female high schoolers being led by Tod Johnson.  The girls, friends of Tod’s daughter Devon, are all from the town of Manchester By The Sea, Massachusetts and have been participating in social outings, rafting trips and Christmas caroling for about five years.  This was the first year they traveled afar to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity through Almost Heaven’s Workcamp program. “The girls are really enjoying the week of service.  It is my hope that when these girls go off to college that this service will keep going with the next generation of folks.

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About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable housing to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the Partner Families at no-profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. This year, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity plans to help over 50 families. To date the organization has built and sold over 130 new homes and performed repairs on over 500 additional homes, all in partnership with low-income families in need, making their dream of homeownership a reality. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

About the Reaching The Summit Community Service Initiative The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is occurring at the Summit Bechtel Reserve located in Fayette County, WV. For the first time in the history of the National Jamboree, 300,000 community service hours are being performed by the Scouts within a nine-county region including Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming.  Each project is designed to have “Scout Value” with a sense of accomplishment to include an educational and recreational experience. These projects also provide a way for Scouts to explore the Mountain State and return home as ambassadors for West Virginia. For more information visit www.summit.scouting.org.


  June 20th, 2013  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Fathers Trade Their Remote for Hammers this Fathers Day Weekend at the Habitat for Humanity Fathers Day Build

Franklin, WV (June 17, 2013) – Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity hosted the annual Father’s Day Build on Saturday June 15th. The crew of 10 volunteers included three fathers and three children, including future Habitat for Humanity homeowners Ashley Wicker, Bantansar and Monica Bossy along with their son Bradly and Noel Nededog and Randilyne Michael and their son Nolin.

Bantansar Bossy was joined by several other fathers who traded the remote for hammers this Father’s Day weekend. “This is the best Father’s day I have ever had, being approved as a partner family and helping another family on their home.”

The volunteers worked on building a front and back porch on the future home of Ashley Wicker which is being built on Painter’s Point. The volunteers also built a new door on the blitz trailer.

All of the fathers that participated received a $10.00 gift certificate from B&H ACE Hardware. Bantansar Bossy was the winner of the Makita Power Drill which was also donated by B&H ACE Hardware. Fox’s Pizza Den in Franklin generously provided pizza for all the participants.

“We are grateful to all who came out to build with us today” said Michelle Connor, Executive Director of Almost Habitat for Humanity. “I am humbled to see all of these fathers and their families, especially in these challenging economic times, come out and give of themselves to help others.

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for nearly 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

For more information contact Michelle Connor, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, 304-668-0247, mconnor@almostheavenhabitat.org.


  May 13th, 2013  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and Lowes invited women to volunteer during National Women Build Week. Women to build homes in partnership with low-income families May 4-12

White Sulphur Springs, WV, (May 11, 2013)- More than 40 women including Lowes Heroes and Joan Reed volunteered on an Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity construction site today in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 4-12. Now in its sixth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities.

The 47 volunteers worked on installing the trim/baseboard on one house and painted the interior on a second house at the Summer Elms Development, White Sulphur Springs, WV. Additionally, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity had 18 volunteers, 3 of which were mother/daughter volunteers in Franklin, WV and they painted the exterior of a house and in Durbin, WV there were 11 volunteers that built interior walls for a house that will be built this summer.

“It was an honor to take part in today’s event. It was so gratifying to witness such cooperation, talent and energy from such a diverse group.” said Joan Reed, Executive Director of the Sheppard Center of Lewisburg, WV.

Courtney Hartman a volunteer said “Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers both male and female of all skill levels. No one should underestimate the abilities of a woman- she can run a home, raise a family, and have a career. A woman can truly do it all!”

Actress and author Holly Robinson Peete will help to rehabilitate a Habitat home in Los Angeles. Peete, a mother of four, is the national spokesperson for National Women Build Week 2013 and a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity.

“I am delighted to support National Women Build Week and want to encourage women to get involved with Habitat this week,” said Peete. “Having a home provides such a strong foundation for families, and this week provides great opportunities for women to come together, learn new skills and help families in need of affordable housing.”

Lowe’s donated a $5,000 store gift card to Almost Heaven Habitat and $1.75 million to the 2013 National Women Build Week to support 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach women construction skills and provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to build homes with partner families across the country.

“Lowe’s has underwritten Habitat’s Women Build​​​​ program since 2004, and we are proud to continue to bring together women from all walks of life to raise walls alongside local families in need,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We thank our Lowe’s Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who will help strengthen communities throughout the country this week.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 48 percent of the children reside with women heads-of-household. In Eastern West Virginia, more than 17.2% of families are in need of affordable housing. Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities.

Since Habitat’s Women Build Program was created in 1998, more than 2,100 Habitat for Humanity Women Build houses have been constructed in partnership with low-income families. Nearly 41,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in the five previous events.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit Habitat.org/wb or the National Women Build Week tab on http://www.facebook.com/habitat.

About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for nearly 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.

 




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