2011 DON’T MISS A NIGHT OUT WITH THE OWLZ!
The Orem Owlz organization has teamed with Habitat for Humanity of
Utah County to sponsor the first annual Habitat Night with the Owlz on
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 7:05 p.m. at the Brent Brown Ball-
park in Orem. Habitat volunteers, partner families, staff, and supporters
will have an opportunity to attend the Orem Owlz game against the
Idaho Falls Chukars that evening free of charge. Tickets are available
at the Habitat office or can be picked up the night of the event at the ballpark at the Habitat promo-
Newsletter tional booth. We appreciate the Owlz ongoing support of our organization and our Home Team.
COME FIND OUT HOW TO QUALIFY FOR A HABITAT HOME!
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be holding orientation meetings for home applications next
week at Community Action Services and Food Bank at 815 South Freedom Blvd., Provo. Commu-
H A B B I TH A B F OT A H U M A N HT Y O N I U Y AO F CU TU N T Y O U N T Y
nity members who are interested in applying for the Habitat program will need to come to one of the
following meetings for applications and more information: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 6:30
p.m.; Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m. No reg-
istration required. Habitat plans to select four to five families for its affordable housing program. For
qualifications or more information, look online at www.habitatuc.org or call the local Habitat office at
O AH C
JOIN HABITAT IN PRAYER FOR THOSE IN NEED OF ADEQUATE SHELTER
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be holding its annual International Day of Prayer and Ac-
tion for Human Habitat event on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Provo Community
Church, located at 175 North University Avenue, Provo. Dean Jackson, Lead Pastor at the Rock
Canyon Church, and Daniel Haas, Pastor at the Provo Community Church, will be speaking. Well
AT BI R T FOR I UMAF TT H
known soloist, Serena Benish, and her students will be performing. Members of the community are
encouraged to attend this uplifting event.
The International Day of Prayer and Action, observed on the third Sunday in September, is a time
when the entire Habitat for Humanity community is urged to come together in prayer for those in
need of shelter. Through prayer, Habitat for Humanity continues to make a dramatic difference in
the lives of people around the world. Many volunteers are drawn to this ministry after hearing God’s
call and seeking God’s guidance through prayer. Other prayers are answered when families and
communities grow in the shelter of God’s grace. The hurdles of funding and building homes are
overcome through the miracles of prayer.
HABITAT TO COMMERORATE 9/11 ANNIVERSARY WITH REMEMBRANCE EVENT
Habitat for Humanity of Utah will be joining with hundreds of other organizations around the coun-
try to commemorate the ten anniversary of September 11th with community based service projects
on September 10, 2011. The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance was planned to reclaim the
legacy of September 11th and to create a permanent, positive tribute to all those lost and
those who rose in service. Local volunteers, including student members of Habitat’s BYU Chapter,
will be painting and doing finish work at a Habitat home in Springville being built with the Mariscal
family on the day of service.
• The Habitat community would like to express its condolences to Habitat homeowner, Laurel
Ellison, and her family for the lost of their son and brother, Adam. Adam was a kind and gener-
ous person and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
• Come commemorate and remember the 10th Anniversary of September 11th at the commu-
nity-wide 9/11 Commemoration event Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. at the Provo
Seventh-day Adventist Church at 255 South 700 East. Utah Valley University President Matthew
Holland will be keynote speaker.
• Habitat Welcomes New Programs Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA Member! Habitat
for Humanity of Utah County would like to welcome LeAnn Hillam as its new Programs Coordi-
nator. Hillam will be coordinating volunteers and overseeing the new Neighborhood Revitaliza-
tion Initiative. Habitat would also like to welcome its new AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Carol
Garcia-Hill. Garcia-Hill will be serving with the organization for a year and will be helping with
resource development and faith relations.
2 • Local Banks, Foundations Support Habitat! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County recently received gener-
ous funding from Zions Bank and the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints Foundation for the
Feeney Renovation home in Orem and from the Wesley and Ruth Burr Family Organization on the twin home
in Orem. Additionally, AM Bank invited Habitat to participate in its annual golf tournament this past month at
the Riverside Country Club. Mulligans were sold with proceeds benefitting Habitat’s local affordable housing
efforts. We appreciate the ongoing support of these local institutions and foundations.
• Check out the progress on the Rodriguez home in Lehi! The LDS Church's Alpine Stake is sponsoring the
entire construction of Janae Rodriguez' home in Lehi. Follow their impressive blog at
• Cabinets Galore! The Habitat ReStore recently received a generous donation of new cabinets from a local
home improvement store. Check out the new inventory at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem Monday through Sat-
urday from 10-6.
• Habitat Recycling Program Highlighted in Local Newspaper! The Habitat Recycling Program was recently
highlighted in a Daily Herald news article. Check out the article at
For more information about the Habitat Recycle program, look online at
• Check It Out! Stop by Habitat for Humanity of Utah County’s tool lending library and “check out” needed tools
and lawn care items for free. The lending library, located inside the Habitat ReStore at 340 South Orem Blvd.,
Orem, is opened Monday through Saturday from 10-6. An application and proof of residency are required.
Look online at www.habitatuc.org/restore/tool_library.html for more information.
• Join the FAM Club and help us build a “HOUSE-A-MONTH”! Did you know that you can donate $5.00 a
month to Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and your gift will help Habitat build a “house-a-month”? That is
just one combo meal, a pizza, a couple of Diet Cokes, a matinee, or maybe five songs on iTunes. To join or for
more information, look online at www.habitatuc.org/FAM_Club.html.
• What a Deal! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is offering a new Habitat Discount Card through Deal
Dragon for only $30.00. The card, worth over $20,000, includes values, discounts, and freebies on food, cloth-
ing, services, and much more. Proceeds will be used for local construction efforts. Cards can be purchased
online at www.habitatuc.org or at the Habitat Restore. Those joining Habitat’s new FAM Club will receive the
card for free as part of their membership.
• Life Insurance Options! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has teamed with First West Benefits to provide
life insurance options for Habitat homeowners and partner families. Insurance payments can be included in
monthly mortgage payments. For more information, please contact Ross Landon at First West Benefits at
• Save Money for Home Repairs and Maintenance – A new home maintenance fund has been established to
help Habitat homeowners save for future home repairs and maintenance. Homeowners now can pay a little
extra ($10.00 or more) with their monthly mortgage payment. The extra amount will be saved in an escrow
like account and can be accessed for home repairs and maintenance. To sign up or for more information, con-
tact Kena at (801) 344-8527 or email@example.com.
BE CAREFUL! (The Costco Connection)
Cell phones Usage Among Teenagers
Cell phones offer so many advantages to be grateful for: emergency contact when a car breaks down, the
ability to look up directions, and even the ability to take fairly high quality photos. But one area with more
than its share of negatives is cell phone usage among teenagers. Probably the most widespread prob-
lems come from charges for sending text messages. According to a study in The Washington Post, the
age group most likely to send and receive text messages is youth between the ages of 13 and 24. That’s
a fairly large demographic, and many of its members are still dependents. It is also hugely profitable for
cell phone companies to charge for additions that are geared toward the interests of teens (downloading
music, checking Facebook, etc.). Don’t be shocked; be informed. If your child has set up his or her phone
to be Internet connected or if your child sets up instant messaging to be linked to the phone, there are
separate charges for that, according to a report by ABCnews.com. You have the power to call the cell
phone provider and block any applications from your child’s phone that cost money and/or you deem inap-
propriate. Check your bill and beware of your charges.
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Homeownership and Beyond!
Habitat for Humanity of Utah
County and the Habitat ReStore
participated in a Community Housing Fair in August at the Food
and Care Coalition. Staff members provided information about
our affordable housing program, home maintenance course, tool
lending library, and the ReStore Home Improvement Outlet with
those in attendance.
Connecting for Habitat! Connectshare
members took time out of their busy
schedules this past week to help to wrap
and put siding on the twin home in Orem.
TIME! Habitat partner
families and Family
members had the
Pleasant Grove Vet-
eran's Pool all to them-
selves at the organiza-
tion's annual swim
week. Those in atten-
dance had a
“splashing” good time in the pool, under the foun-
tain, and on the water slides. They also enjoyed
some yummy ice cream treats.
Wells Fargo Teams Up for Habitat!
Staff members from various Utah County
Wells Fargo branches teamed up this
month to help the local Habitat for Hu-
manity affiliate prep and prime for paint
and complete finish work on a home be-
ing built with the Mariscal family in
Springville. Because of their efforts,
Habitat will receive a $15,000 grant for
REVITALIZED!!! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County joined
over 50 community members and volunteers at the beginning of
August to kick off its new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative
Orem's Cherry Hill Neighborhood. Following a short celebration
at the local park, volunteers worked on twelve revitalization pro-
jects in the neighborhood including lead base paint abatement
and paint prep, landscaping, general clean-up, and fence paint-
Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in September
will be held September 7 and 8, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. or September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register,
please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to www.communityactionuc.org.
The Family Justice Center enable victims of crime to seek safety, healing, and self-sufficiency by improving
timely access to essential community services, providing crisis intervention and support, educating victims about
choices, and facilitating necessary legal intervention. The Family Justice Center supports families seeking co-
located services at its convenient walk-in center each Tuesday evening from 5-8 p.m. For more information,
please call (801) 228-7134.
BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP
Home owners are happier and healthier and enjoy a greater
feeling of control of their lives.
SEPTEMBER BUILD DAYS
Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, revitalization, and landscaping projects.
Build days are generally held Monday through Thursday and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed especially during
weekdays. Sign up online at www.habitatuc.org/volunteer.
SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Walk in Summer Parades Man booth at Provo’s Farmer’s Market
• September 5th – Payson Man booth at UVU’s Empowering for Tomorrow on
• October 8th – BYU Homecoming Parade
Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts. Drivers needed
Work in the ReStore Monday through Saturday from during the week and on Saturdays
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON COMMITTEES
Volunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s local committees. Monthly meetings, limited time commitment,
no experience necessary, varying interests and skills. Look online at www.habitatuc.org/volunteer/committees.html
for more information and meeting times.
CREW LEADERS NEEDED TO HELP GUIDE MONTHLY VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Come find out how you can volunteer with Habitat for
Volunteers with construction experience or those want- Humanity of Utah County! Monthly orientations will be
ing to improve their construction skills are being sought held the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at
to participate in the affiliate’s crew leader program and the Habitat office at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem. The
serve as crew leaders during build days. Orientations next orientation will be September 17, 2011 at 10:00
are held monthly. The next orientation will be Saturday, a.m. Please RSVP to LeAnn at (801) 368-2250 or
September 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Habitat Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
in Orem. Please RSVP to LeAnn at email below.
For more information, look online at www.habitatuc.org or contact LeAnn at (801) 368-2250 or
email@example.com. You can also sign up online at www.habitat.org/volunteer.
POTENTIAL OUTCOMES FOR EDUCATED WOMEN
Research has show that women who are more educated are more likely to receive the following benefits:
live longer lives (on average), have an overall healthier lifestyle, are less overweight or obese, have in-
creased life satisfaction and overall happiness, are more resilient and less depressed, and obtain re-
sources to pay for health insurance.
6 6 Home Maintenance Classes
Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be September 28,
2011. The topics will be: Basic Plumbing Repairs. There will also be a make-up class on September 14, 2011.
The topics will be: Landscaping and Lawn Care and Sprinkler Maintenance. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and are
held at the Habitat office at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem
At HOME DEPOT – Registration is necessary. Call store or register online. Look online for the September clinic
schedule at www.homedepot.com.
At LOWE'S - you must sign up for How-To Clinics by calling 229-1485 or stopping by their store at 140 West Uni-
versity Parkway in Orem. Look online for September clinic schedule at www.lowes.com.
The Vineyard Garden Center in Orem is now offering free classes, gardening tips, and great discounts. Check out
their Facebook page for more information at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vineyard-Garden-
Home Maintenance Tips (www.hometips.com)
How to Aerate a Lawn
Aeration, also called core cultivation or aerifying, is an important part of any lawn restoration program. It allows
grass roots to deeply penetrate the soil, helps fertilizer and organic matter get to roots, allows oxygen to reach the
roots, and makes it easier for water to soak into the soil.
Aerate once, in the fall. Avoid aerating during dry summer months because you may damage an already stressed
lawn. Also, avoid periods when weed seeds are prevalent, as that could cause weed infestation.
There are several types of aerating tools. Manual aerators (shown below right) allow you to do small areas a little at
a time and to aerate corners and other tight areas that are difficult to reach with large equipment. You supply the
power for these tools by pushing the hollow cylinders or corers into the turf much as you would push in a spade.
The tool cuts a plug, or core, that is extracted and deposited on the lawn.
Small power aerators work similarly and are available to rent. Some machines use a rotating tiller-like action that
pushes the corers into the soil and extracts small plugs. These lawn mower–size machines will fit into a full-size
station wagon, mini-van, or pickup truck, and they require two people to transport them.
The largest aerators will require a truck and several helpers to transport them but do a better job. With these ma-
chines, the corers are vertically plunged into the turf to extract a sizable plug. You may opt to have a pro tackle this
job. Avoid aerators that only poke holes in the lawn without removing plugs because they are of little value to your
Aerators penetrate your lawn best when the soil has been moistened by rain or watering; so, unless it rains, water
your lawn the day before aerating. When aerating, make several passes in several directions over every square
foot of lawn. Next, break up all the plugs extracted by the aerator with the back of a rake or by dragging a metal
mesh doormat or section of chain-link fence over the plugs to spread the soil. You can also mix the soil from the
plugs with the topdressing you added in Step 5. Then water the lawn thoroughly.
SAVING TIP (America Saves)
If you’re Tip Monthly Saving Yearly Savings
looking to get Save $.50 a day in loose change $15 $180
saving, here Cut soda/pop consumption by 1 liter a week $6 $72
are some At work, substitute 1 coffee for 1 cappuccino $40 $480
easy ways to
Bring lunch to work (saving estimated $3/day) $60 $720
wealth every Eat out 2 fewer times a month $30 $360
day. Borrow, rather than buying, one book a month $15 $180
Comparison shop for gas (save est. $.25/gallon) $4 $48
Maintain checking account minimum to avoid fees $7 $84
Bounce one less check a month $20 $240
Pay credit card bill on time to avoid late fee $25 $300
Pay off $1000 of credit card debt, reducing interest $15 $180
7 7 SAVE ENERGY (www.energysavers.gov)
Lighting Choices to Save You Money
Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. Upgrading 15 of the inefficient incandescent light
bulbs in your home could save you about $50 per year. New lighting standards take effect in 2012, and money-
saving options such as energy-saving incandescent, CFL, and LED light bulbs are available today. For high-
quality products with the greatest energy savings, choose bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR.
New Light Bulbs: What's the Difference?
Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light.
• 90% of the energy is given off as heat
• That lost energy is money we are throwing away
Newer energy-saving light bulbs provide the choices in colors and light levels you've come to expect. The new
lights are also much more efficient — so they save you money.
What Are My Lighting Choices?
Three of the most common energy-efficient lighting types include energy-saving incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs.
You can find these in most hardware and home improvement stores, and they are all more energy-efficient than
traditional incandescent bulbs.
Energy Saving Incandescents — about 25% energy savings
Energy-saving or halogen incandescents have a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb
efficiency. This type of incandescent bulb is about 25% more efficient and can last up to three times longer than
traditional incandescent bulbs. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and can be used with
CFLs — about 75% energy savings
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already
have in a kitchen or garage. Because they use less electricity than traditional incandescents, typical CFLs can
pay for themselves in less than nine months, and then start saving you money each month. An ENERGY STAR-
qualified CFL uses about one-fourth the energy and lasts ten times longer than a comparable incandescent bulb
that puts out the same amount of light.
CFL bulbs are available in a range of light colors, including warm (white to yellow) tones that were not as avail-
able when first introduced. Some are encased in a cover to further diffuse the light and provide a similar shape to
the bulbs you are replacing. If you are looking for a dimmable bulb, check the package to make sure you pur-
chase a CFL with that feature.
Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and they should always be recycled at the end of their life-
span. Many retailers recycle CFLs for free. See www.epa.gov/cfl for more information.
LEDs — about 75% – 80% energy savings
The light emitting diode (LED) uses the same technology as the little indicator light on your cell phone, but de-
signed to light your home. It is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly developing technologies. ENERGY
STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20% – 25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incan-
descent bulbs they replace.
LED bulbs are currently available in many products such as replacements for 40W and 60W traditional incan-
descents, reflector bulbs often used in recessed fixtures, and small track lights. While LEDs are more expensive
at this early stage, they still save money because they last a long time and have very low energy use. Prices are
also expected to come down as more products enter the market.
Savings Strategies (America Saves)
Six Ways You Can Save $100 or More
Today’s challenge is to find $100 to save. We all want to save money. It’s the “how” that causes some confusion.
Below are a few ways you might be able to save $100 to put towards high cost debt, an emergency fund, or retire-
ment. So take some time out your schedule today to find $100 to save – it’s worth it. Tell us where you found $100
Here are six ways that you can save $100 or more in 2011:
• Take a look at your cell phone bill. Many of us overestimate our cell phone usage. Drop minutes or features
you’re not using to add to your savings.
• Walk or bike rather than drive to destinations less than a mile. You’ll not only burn calories, but also save the
wear-and-tear on your vehicle.
• Shop around for auto and homeowners' insurance: Before renewing your existing policies each year, check
out the rates of competing companies (see the website of your state insurance department). Their annual
premiums may well be several hundred dollars lower.
• Utilize a cash-only spending plan. Unlike using your credit or debit card, you can’t spend what you don’t have
on you, and it makes resisting temptation easier.
• Ask your local electric or gas utility for a free or low-cost home energy audit. The audit may reveal inexpen-
sive ways to reduce home heating and cooling costs by hundreds of dollars a year.
• Make sure to bank your savings! Track your progress towards a savings goal by Joining American Saves,
where you can utilize the America Saves My Savings Tracker for free to record deposits and monitor your
If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down. – Unknown
BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH (www.webhealthtips.com)
The definition of healthy living is different for each and every person, but there are two things that most
agree on. You have to learn to eat good foods that nourish your body, and you have to have some sort of
exercise in your day to day life. These things can be harder than people think when they set off on a new
plan for a better life, and that is why it is sometimes smart to go ahead one step at a time until you have
gotten where you want to be with your lifestyle habits and your health.
Diet modification is a great start when moving towards healthy living. This is something that you have to
be careful with, however, as there is a lot of bad advice out there. If you aren’t sure which way to turn, talk
with your doctor about changing your diet for healthy living, and get recommendations from them. They
will probably know the name of a good nutritionist that can get you going on the right track. These people
can show you what you should be eating, what to avoid, and what you can have in moderation. A nutri-
tionist should have a college degree, so don’t be afraid to ask them about their training.
If you aren’t sure about exercise in regards to healthy living, know that any type of movement is good for
you. If you are not someone who moves around a lot, you can get some great benefits from just walking
around the block. After a while, you may want to add more to your routine, and that is when a gym is a
great idea. You should hire a personal trainer to help you find the things that work best for you in your
quest for healthy living. Remember, not all personal trainers are good. If someone seems off or you don’t
like what they are doing, do yourself a favor and move on to the next one.
Break the habit
Other parts of healthy living might be things you have to quit doing. This might mean you have to find a
way to stop smoking, and you may have to alter or lower your intake of alcohol. You may have more trou-
ble with these than anything else that you do. What you should do is visit with your doctor again, only this
time tell them you want help with quitting or cutting back. There is a lot of emphasis on healthy living
these days, and most doctors will be glad to help you in your quest, even if they feel that they have to re-
fer you to someone else. It’ll be hard to change all of these things, but once you get going, you will enjoy
your results too much to turn back to life before you found healthy habits.
HOUSEHOLD HINT (www.fishwrapperonline.com)
Linen Closet – In the linen closet, place cotton balls that have been sprayed with
your favorite scent in the corners and on the shelves.
Ally Bank Orem City Neighborhood Preservation Unit
Alpine LDS Stake
Orem City Office of Community & Neighborhood
Bank of American Fork
Orem YSA 8th Ward
Orem YSA 9th Ward
BYU 129th Ward
BYU 21st Ward
Roger & Sharon Scanland
BYU Habitat Campus Chapter
Cherry Hill Neighborhood
Sound Vision Signs
Desi and Ben Jolley
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Food and Care Coalition of Utah Valley
Habitat for Humanity International
Utah County Association of REALTORS
Liesl & Tyson Eyre
Wesley and Ruth Burr Family Organization
Macy’s Department Store
NeighborWorks of Provo
Ally Bank, Orem City, Roger and Sharon Scanland
Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of
earth is toil. ~Henry van Dyke