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Summer 2013 Issue Building on Faith 2013 By: Jim Mummert, BOF Fundraising Committee Co-Chair Building on Faith (BOF) Blitz Week begins on Tuesday, June 18 for the duplex unit at 403 and 405 S. Albemarle St. on the east side of the City of York. Such a week involves two shifts of volunteers led by volunteer foremen and Habitat Staff. A new and exciting dimension for this project is the erecting of graffiti boards around the structure and a picture-taking event on Saturday, June 22 at 8:00am. These BOF families break ground with St. Mark’s positive-themed works of art were created by youth throughout the county at three locations last summer. In combination with the graffiti exhibit, there will be a brief ceremony of prayer and recognition of State Farm Insurance (a major project sponsor) which will kick off the final day of Blitz Week. . A new registration procedure for construction volunteers will allow easy access to workday availabilities. After Blitz Week, BOF volunteers will work every Wednesday and every other Saturday in order to have the homes completed in time for the two families to celebrate Thanksgiving in their new homes. For more information regarding construction registration, contact Beth Fives (600-2326 or firstname.lastname@example.org) The overall project goal is to raise $180,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. Thanks to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church’s tremendous generosity in the sponsorship of one home and a matching gift of $25,000 for the other home, the fundraising challenge has been greatly assisted. However, addition- al funds are needed to complete the two four-bedroom homes. The hope is that congregations from throughout York County will unite in this calling to help God’s people in need and join in support of the project through special offerings, budget contributions and unique fundraisers. In addition, several countywide fundraisers to support the costs of the build are planned. With the wide array of planned events, there promises to be something for everyone so that all can play a role in helping these families realize their homeownership dream! The time to put faith in action is now! Rally your congregation around the 2013 Building on Faith project today! There is no better way to unite all members of your faith community than to work together to provide a forever home for two wonderful families! Please visit the BOF 2013 website at www.tinyurl.com/ (L to R) Kim Ray from the York Quilters Building on Faith Fundraisers & bof2013 for all the details regarding how you can make Guild presented Chip Hoover, BOF chair, Events a lifelong difference in the lives of the Cordero and and Deb Clemons, BOF Planning Team member with a handmade coverlet POSITIVE GRAFFITI EXHIBIT & STATE FARM Warfel families! CHECK PRESENTATION Saturday, June 22, 8:00am 403 & 405 South Albemarle St. Women Build 2013 Officially Kicks Off HISTORIC CHURCH TOUR As part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build initiative thousands of women Sunday, September 29 gathered the week before Mother’s Day to participate in National Women 12:30- Lunch at St. John Episcopal Church, Beaver St. Build Week (NWBW) activities where they built, learned and 1:00 - Prayer Service - World Day of Prayer for Habitat gained new friends. Right here in York County women gath- 1:30 - Tour of Eight Downtown Historic Churches ered at 37 W. Jackson St to help build, they attended classes QUILT RAFFLE at Lowe’s, to learn construction skills. The week came to an end with a fun-filled Kick Off Rally for Women Build 2013 Two Handmade Quilts, Two Handmade Coverlets, where women gathered at Grace Fellowship Church in York and one Antique Quilt will be raffled off . New Salem to meet future homeowner, Laurie Hanline and Tickets: $1 each, 6 for $5, 12 for $10, and 30 for $20. her family. While there, they challenged themselves at five Purchase tickets at the Habitat office (854-6168) Many women joined in the wacky “construction” stations while enjoying some friendly Women Build 2013 Kick Off or from any of the following committee members: competition. Roxanne Price: 891-0989; Jim Mummert: 751-6006 Chip Hoover: 792-3153; Deb Clemons: 659-8973 The plans for Women Build 2013 are to build a handicapped home so that Laurie’s 13 year Winners will be announced at October 20th Hymn Sing old wheelchair-bound son, Allen, can become independently mobile through the use of HYMN SING adaptive equipment that he currently can’t use in the house the family rents. Laurie shares Sunday, October 20 - 3:00 that one of the things she is looking forward to the most with having an accessible home is First Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Market St. the fact that for the first time, Allen will be able to look at the world on the same level as Led Jim Spark and Burt Parry others rather than always crawling on the floor. During NWBW, women became aware of how they can get involved in making Laurie’s dream of homeownership come true. 33 South Seward Street * York, PA 17404 * (717)854-6168 Page 1 www.yorkhabitat.org * email@example.com Women Build Needs A Home York Habitat is disappointed to announce that our Women Build 2013 project has hit a serious roadblock. After overwhelming opposition voiced by the local residents of Sherwood Forrest at the YNS Borough Council meeting, YHFH has made a most difficult decision to secure another property for the Hanline’s home where this most-deserving family will be embraced by the community rather than placing them in an unwelcoming environment. This situation is devastating to all those involved from the Habitat organization including the hundreds of volunteers who have been working to make this dream of homeownership a reality. But no one is affected more than Laurie Hanline who currently lives in a rental property that cannot be modi- fied to accommodate the needs of her severely mentally and physically handicapped son, Allen. Laurie has been eagerly anticipating the August 4th groundbreaking for her new home. Moving into her home is a dream come true in so many ways, but most of all it was to be a miracle for her 13 year old son as it was to have given him the ability to maneuver from Text 2 Build room to room in his walker instead of having to crawl on the floor. York Habitat is appealing to the community to rally around Laurie and her boys to help us keep her dream of homeownership alive and on schedule! At this point, York Habitat is hoping to have another building lot donated in the central to southern area York County that will accommodate the specially designed, handicapped accessible home. Another option would be to acquire a three bedroom rancher in the same areas of York County that has public sewer and water and could be modified to meet the needs of the family. A donation of an ex- TEXT - TO – BUILD - “Using your cell isting single story home would be ideal as it would allow the raised funds to be used for the renova- phone to build a brighter tomorrow!” tions of the home. Obtaining an existing home that can be renovated for handicap accessibility would guarantee that the Women Build 2013 project would continue on time, but most importantly would transform York Habitat for Humanity is almost en- Laurie from a renter to a homeowner without the delay of the land development process. tirely dependent on private donations (both corporate and individual) to keep Both the Hanline family and York Habitat look at this unfortunate situation as a blessing in disguise. “For our office running and to continue build- every door that closes, a new one opens” Anyone knowing of a suitable lot or existing house that could ing homes for qualified families in need. become the future home for the Hanline family is urged to contact Miles Fishel at (717)854-6168 ext. 102 Our “Text To Build Program” is one of the unique programs that help fund our mission. With “Text to Build” you can Visitor Volunteers Building in Our Community easily donate to York Habitat from your cell phone -anytime, anywhere! It’s sim- ple, secure, and convenient! The work camp groups that come to York Habitat are very special to us! This spring we have had Here’s how it works: nine groups from all over the U.S. travel to York to volunteer to “build better lives, one home at a 1. Text HOME to 41518 time!” Two of these groups were from AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) 2. Reply “YES” to confirm your dona- whose mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based na- tion tional and community service. 3. A $10 donation will appear on your Groups come to us all year round to volunteer their time. As always, volunteers have to be 16 next cell phone bill. It’s that easy! years old or older to be on the work site. Not only do the participants work hard on the job site, they (No credit card or third-party forms to fill out) have the opportunity to spend time in our community and visit local sites. During their stay, the An exciting part of using mobile technol- work camps have the chance to attend a work camp supper that is hosted by various churches and ogy lies in its ability to share information organizations in York County. instantly. It gives us the chance to make a difference in the world in a matter of We are very blessed to have the ongoing use of the Trinity United Church of Christ Retreat seconds! Center in the heart of downtown York. This facility provides the groups with a home away from home. Another feature of this program that of- fers instant gratification is that special Again, we commend these groups for their hard work and determination. They come with positive codes can be established so that you attitudes ready to work on any project they are given. can give directly to a specific Habitat project or program. We can even set it Thank you to all the groups who reached out with their hard work this spring! up to track giving by company, organiza- tion, etc. so friendly challenges and competitions can be established. So join in the Text To Build movement today. If each person reading this news- letter gives and gets 10 others to do the same, then those 10 get 10 more, etc., in just a few hours, we would raise enough funds to build an entire Habitat home! For more information or to estab- lish giving codes, contact Jenna Markle University of WI Green Bay University of VA at (717)854-6168 ext 105 or market- firstname.lastname@example.org Page 2 E-News Sign up: Interested in receiving our monthly e-news? Meet the Hanline Family By: Stacey Sharland, Family Services/Faith Relations Manager Everywhere you look, there are promotions for York Habitat’s upcoming Women Build 2013. It is truly a remarkable project that is coming together for a family who is beyond remarkable! Laurie Hanline, the future homeowner of the Women Build 2013, exemplifies the spirit of Habitat in everything that she does. Currently she is attending school full time at York College, where she is studying Biology. She hopes to provide medical research for York County residents, as her way of giving back. In addition to meeting the challenges of a full time student, Laurie also manag- es to devote a large portion of her time to her sons, Jacob & Allen and the St. Matthew Lutheran challenges that arise from day to day living. Laurie has a severely mentally and Church physically disabled son, Allen, who is 13. Allen was the only surviving child of triplets and Laurie was told that Allen would never get out of bed, talk or even recognize his own mother. Allen has overcome many challenges and is a true July’s survivor but desperately needs to be able to use special walking equipment that Adopt-A-Mortgage will help him not only gain independence and mobility, but will also stop his bones and muscles from deteriorating any further. Sponsor Laurie currently rents a home that is not handicapped accessible with narrow York Habitat is honored to announce The Hanline Family doorways that prevent her from being able to use Allen’s specialty equipment. St. Mathew Lutheran Church as Carrying him from room to room is the only way that she can transport him July’s Adopt -A-Mortgage Sponsor throughout the house and bathroom. Laurie says, “Having a home that meets her family’s needs and St Mathew’s Church has been an provides safety and security will be a true miracle!” active and longtime partner to York Habitat’s housing ministry. In order to apply as many dollars as we can to the actual construction or rehabilitation of Habitat homes, the Red Lion Area School District Pledges to Build a Habitat Home Adopt-A-Mortgage program was created. The goal the program is to On Monday, April 15th the Red Lion Area School District (RLASD) signed a create a partnership involving twelve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with York Habitat for Humanity, pledg- organizations or individuals who ing to fund and construct a new home at 101 Schoolhouse Lane in Windsor. each commit to sponsoring one month of a York Habitat mortgage This will be the first time in their 27-year history that York Habitat has payment. In the amount of $850. partnered with a single, local school district to construct a home for a family in need. No tax dollars will be used for the project; with all funds necessary for It’s the idea that, if everyone gives a the build being raised through private fundraising efforts. little bit, it will go a long way in mak- ing a difference. We can’t thank St. The project will not only create a new home for a qualified, lower income fami- Matthew Lutheran Church enough ly, but will breathe new life into a blighted property. Several years ago, a fire for their generosity and for allowing destroyed the doublewide trailer located at 101 Schoolhouse Lane, leaving us to channel more our funds direct- behind only a charred block foundation. York Habitat plans to use the same foundation for the construc- ly to making a difference in the lives tion of the new home; a cost saving, environmentally friendly measure. of God’s people in need. The RLASD plans to find a way to get all students involved with this community-uniting build from the initial house plan design to the landscaping design and everything in between. “Our staff and students are proud of the Red Lion community and wanted another way to give back to a community that has been so supportive of the district. Like Habitat, the Red Lion Area School District is interested in teaching life-long skills and improving the lives of our students and community members,” says Dr. Scott Deisley, superintendent of Red Lion Area School District. The Schoolhouse Lane project is set to kick off with a wall raising event in May 2014 and will conclude with the completion of the home by June 2015. Prior to that time fundraising efforts will begin, the plans will be drawn and the walls will be pre-assembled by RLASD students. Joining the RLASD in this project is River Rock Academy who made the first donation to the project. Ms. Jill Crouse-Wolf, a representative of River Rock Academy, presented a check for $10,000 to members of the RLASD Board of Education, Dr. Deisley and Habitat. York Habitat is extremely proud to be partnering with the RLASD for this project. “It is a remarkable testimony to the commitment of the school district to improve its community. The RLASD Build is River Rock Academy presents first funds for a pioneer project that should serve as a shining example as to the RLASD Build. L to R: James Clark, Mr. Chris good that can be done by a school district and a community to Seitz, Jill Crouse-Wolf, Dr. Scott Deisley, help those in need,” says Debbie Krout-Althoff, Executive Director Debbie Krout-Althoff & Edward Miller. St. Matthew Lutheran Church We’re on the web: www.yorkhabitat.org We’re on facebook and Twitter too! Page 3 The YCP Build Leaves a Legacy for the Cruz Family The Senior class members of York College’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter along with the under- classmen club membersworked up until graduation day fulfilling their commitment to Leave a Legacy by providing a forever home for a family in need. Three years of conducting fundraisers and countless hours on the construc- tion site rehabbing the house at 37 West Jackson Street are coming to fruition as the project enters its final weeks of construction. By the end of June, the once blighted house will become a home for the Cruz family. Single mother, Ashley Cruz and her six year old son, Oundre, currently live in an unsafe area and he can't wait for them to have their own home. "Every day he asks when they are moving; he is so excited and cannot wait to turn the basement into his playroom," said Ashley. Ashley entered Habitat’s homeownership program in January 2013 after being encouraged to do so by a co-worker who is currently a Habitat homeowner. Having only six months to complete the program requirements while working full time at has been tremendously challenging but no doubt worth every minute of struggle as her dream of homeowner- ship will become a reality on June 25 th when the YCP Build sup- porters gather for a dual celebration of the graduation of the found- ing project leaders and the dedication of the Cruz home. York College Volunteers Join Habitat, York College, and the Cruz family and friends on Tuesday, June 25th at 5:30 at the Jackson Street home as Ashley and Oundre become York Habitat’s 108th family and the York College Class of 2013 Leaves a Legacy like no other! Since early January, the West Jackson street build has been the sole site of volunteer efforts. The campus Chapter members along with the general public have been diligently working on this exten- sive rehab project. Thanks to the financial support from York College administration and alumni and the Campus Chapter members combined with the donation of in-kind construction services and materials, the Jackson Street home is nearing completion. Special thanks to Kinsley Construction Ashley and Oundre outside their future home for assisting with securing in-kind donations from several of their subcontractors. Special thanks to the Jackson St. in-kind donors: James Craft & Sons, Inc; Frey Lutz Corp.; Gettle, Inc; Johnson Controls, Inc. Ream Roofing Assoc., Inc.; M & T Roofing; JC Snavely & Sons, Inc.; Secco, Inc.; Schaedler Yesco; The Hite Company; Colonial Electric; Schmuck Lumber; Lezzer Lumnber; Smucker Company; The Wolf Organization; embee & Sons, Inc. Meet the BOF 2013 Families From June through October, members of congregations York Habitat's 12@12 Luncheons throughout York County will be putting their faith in action by building homes for two of God’s families in need. They will Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management brings togeth- be building from the foundation to the roof and everything in er people from any aspects of our business, non-profit between so that two single mothers can provide the safety and faith based communities to learn more about our and security that only a home can bring for their families. organization and how our work makes York County so- Idelisse Cordero and her four children, aged 4-17, are one cially and financially stronger. By forming partnerships of Habitat's Building on Faith 2013 families! Idelisse, a sin- with local businesses, churches and individuals, we can gle mother who works at York College as a member of their work together to make York a better place to live, work, custodial staff, joined the program in February 2012. She and play. These luncheons are NOT financial solicita- and her children Alex, Yvette, Ariel, and Nevaeh are the tions but merely an avenue to educate and advocate! proud future owners of a four bedroom home at 403 South The Warfel Family 12@12 luncheons are held the fourth Thursday of every Albemarle Street in York. month at 12:00 at the Habitat office. A complimentary Kristi Warfel and her two children, aged 5-7, is the other Building on Faith family. lunch is provided so join us over your lunch break. We Kristi, a single mother who works at Bickel’s Snacks joined the program in January guarantee you will learn something about Habitat that 2013. She and her children Izea & Jayla are excited to the proud future homeowners of a beautiful home at 405 South Albemarle Street in York. you didn’t previously know! York Habitat and the Building on Faith committee are continuing to seek cash and Visit www.yorkhabitat.volunteerhub.com to register for material donations to keep this project flourishing with the goal being that both of this monthly event. these families will celebrate this Thanksgiving in their new homes. Knowing that they will be fundrais- ing and building for two deserving, dedicated families will no doubt make the sore muscles less painful and the hours of solicitation less frustrating. The power of faith in action is se- cond to none and will surely 12@12 participants hear Habitat’s story bring these two families home! The Cordero Family Page 4 Register to volunteer online at http://yorkhabitat.volunteerhub.com. It’s quick & easy! Johnson Controls Employees Move Closer to Sponsoring Their Habitat Home By: Jill Woltkamp, Marketing Analyst, JCI The York Habitat for Humanity Partnership Committee at Johnson Controls consists of a dedicated group of JCI employees within the York, PA offices. Over the last few years this grassroots-organized team has been planning and organizing various unique fund-raising efforts, with the final goal of raising enough to sponsor an entire York Habitat for Humanity home. At this time, the committee has raised over $40,900. Some of the unique fund-raisers include sub sales, handmade chocolate roses, an ice cream social, and Poker Walk. The team has success main- ly selling to Johnson Controls' employees in the York offices, but also holds various fund-raisers with local busi- nesses like Books A Million, Five Below, Yankee Candles, Cloisters, and Smittie’s Pretzels, just to name a few. Looking towards the future, the Committee is already starting to plan its largest fund-raiser, The 4th Annual Golf Tournament. The event is scheduled to be held Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Honey Run Golf Course. If you are interested in golfing, sponsoring, donating, or overall helping out with the tournament, please contact email@example.com. This tournament is a fun tradition that always includes a helicopter golf ball drop. Aside from fund-raising, the committee also strives to support York Habitat for Humanity in other outlets too. Currently Johnson Controls employees organizes build days every other month. These sessions are great op- portunities for employees to work together as a team, but outside of the office in an unique format. If you are The infamous helicopter ball drop at interested in learning more about Johnson Controls' build days, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. last year’s JCI golf outing The committee is most excited that the Johnson Controls home build is scheduled to break ground in 2014. The YHFH Family Services Commit- tee is beginning the search for the future JCI Build homeowner. Five years of employee driven fundraising will culminate in the celebration of the building of the JCI home for this deserving family! York Habitat is so very grateful for the extraordinary efforts of the JCI Partnership Committee! The employees have tirelessly been raising funds for the past four years so that a family in need will have a safe, affordable home. Their dedication serves as a stellar example as to what employ- ees can do when they unite to make a difference in their community! St. Mark’s Lutheran Partnership Volunteer Needs By: Barry Ashway, St. Mark’s Parishioner If you have a skill, talent, interest or hobby, we will find a use for it! As you probably already In October 2011, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, York developed an know, we build year-round, so we are always interest in York Habitat for Humanity as they looked for a way to reach looking for help on the construction site. You out and improve the community in which the church serves. After do not need to have construction experience, meeting with Habitat staff and volunteers, the decision was made and just a willingness to lend a hand. You are guaranteed to have some fun the church launched a response. We decided to put our faith in action and come away with a feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment! by sponsoring one of the Building on Faith 2013 homes that Habitat will be building on South Albemarle Street. You may contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 854-6168 ext. 106 or th email@example.com for more information or go to our Volunteer Hub. On Sunday, May 19 , St. Mark’s joined in the celebration of the official Looking forward to hearing from you so that we can find out where YOU Building on Faith 2013 project kick off through a Hymn Sing and can fit into our ministry! Groundbreaking events. St. Mark’s members were able to meet the Cordero family who will own the St. Mark’s House. They also met sev- Go to the Volunteer Hub at www.yorkhabitat.volunteerhub.com to eral of the key volunteers that will build the home in St. Mark’s name. sign up for any of the following opportunities… In addition to the generous house sponsorship that will provide a forev- •NRI (Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative) This is on-site exterior facade er home for one of God’s families in need, St. Mark’s recently extend- improvement program that anyone 14 years old and older can participate ed their support by agreeing to match all contributions raised for Build- in! Basic repairs and exterior painting are completed under the guidance ing On Faith 2013 after March 1st. So every dollar raised for the pro- of skilled volunteer supervisors. Work typically is done once a week with ject from that point forward means that two dollars are actually raised groups of 5-8 volunteers. Also, the NRI Committee can use your help in up to $25,000 . This matching gift is hoped to be an inspiration to other planning and organizing our efforts to rehabilitate existing homes. congregations knowing that their efforts to support this project will be •Skilled Construction Supervisors to teach and lead unskilled volunteers doubled and go twice as far in helping families in need. on the construction site.. This is an incredibly rewarding volunteer oppor- This amazing matching gift to Habitat’s ministry is being given in tunity as volunteers learn skills that they never thought they would know. memory of Janet Gibson, a long time servant to the church and a •Women Build 2013 The committee is looking for dedicated women to strong advocate of the church involvement with Habitat for Humanity. help in the behind the scenes aspect of the build in addition to the con- Janet’s legacy will now live on as a second Building on Faith family struction. This build takes about $90,000.00 in monetary and in-kind do- has a chance to become a homeowner. nations to complete and hundreds of women are needed to get involved. St Mark’s Church members are truly excited about the build and hav- We need your creativity and time to get this handicapped accessible ing partnered with York Habitat for Humanity in such a meaningful and house built for a wonderful single mother of two. spiritually uplifting way. Hopefully each and every congregation •We have several committees listed on Volunteer Hub with their descrip- throughout York will decide to do the same for there is a place for all of tions that could use your skills! Find the right fit by looking over the de- God’s people in the Habitat ministry! scriptions or contacting us with ways you like to serve! All committees are St Mark's contributes to the Evangelical Lutheran church in America’s mission program in need of members but especially the Family Services Committee is look- and Lutheran social services. The church supports the York County Council of churches, ing for Family Partners to guide families on their road to home ownership the local tutoring program and Bell shelter. and Development Committee has a great need for members to assist program and networking implementation. E-News Sign up: Interested in receiving our monthly e-news? Go to www.yorkhabitat.org Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Executive Director’s Corner VolunteerHub Paves the Way to Instant Registration & Involvement! Summertime…the time of year when eve- rything comes to life and all around us we Volunteer Hub is our new volunteer management program that are surrounded by the promise of growth we launched this March. This new, innovative program allows and new beginnings. We see tiny buds York Habitat to communicate needs out to the public immediately blossom into magnificent flowers. It’s a and gives volunteers the opportunity to sign up at THEIR conven- time when we plant a seed and marvel at ience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! what it becomes. As in nature, life at Habi- tat takes new meaning in the summer Just go to http://yorkhabitat.volunteerhub.com and register as a bringing more activity than ever before; Christine Heinrich, mother of future new user. As you complete the registration, you have our safety giving hope and promise for a new begin- homeowner Laurie Hanline, and Debbie video and waiver form at your fingertips to easily view and elec- ning for Habitat families. show what it takes to get the job done! tronically sign. Once you register it will say “Congratulations, You are a NEW USER” please click through to “Events” to see the mul- In the spirit of summer, throughout this newsletter you will read about initia- titude of events, meetings and activities that you can be involved tives being launched, the continuation of revitalization efforts and the start of in. Each listing will have a “Sign up” button to the left of the listing. new homes sprouting from the ground like seeds of nature. Activity on the If you’re interested in special events like our 10 th Annual 5K Run/ construction site is more vigorous than ever with everyone involved knowing Walk, you will find information here. If you’re interested in being that the transformation from houses to homes is as amazing as the buds on committees such as the Women Build, Neighborhood Revitali- becoming flowers. It is a wonderful time indeed! zation Initiative (NRI), or Family Services, this is where you sign As we implement the plans and projects for the remainder of this year, we up! If you’re looking to volunteer on the construction site, you’ve also look ahead to a future filled with almost limitless opportunities to build or got it: this is the site for you! renovate in new communities with developing partnerships that will allow us Immediate access to information is what today’s society is all to far extend the reaches of our ministry. Plans for the coming months and about, and VolunteerHub gives both the volunteers and Habitat years include building handicapped accessible homes; giving physically dis- staff the opportunity for it all to be available to us. It is easy, con- abled children the ability to move freely throughout their homes. It involves venient and quick to use. Volunteer Hub also sends you a re- partnering with school districts and municipalities removing blight in their minder email to let you know that your event or volunteer task is communities and seeing the rewards of years of employee and corporate coming up! If you’ve been volunteering with us for years, or if fundraising coming to fruition through Habitat’s home ownership program. you’re just itching to get started with us, take a moment and regis- It is promising to see the list of potential projects growing as we relish in the ter and be on your way to helping York Habitat’s efforts to elimi- fact that so many want Habitat to be part of their community. But with this nate substandard housing! ever growing list also comes the realization that to carry out these life chang- Thank you in advance for registering and utilizing VolunteerHub. If ing measures, we must drastically increase our resources. The need for vol- you have any questions please contact our Volunteer Coordinator unteers in every aspect of the program is more crucial than ever. The two at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 854-6168 ext. 106. greatest areas of need for volunteers continue to be dedicated committee members and consistent, skilled supervisors. Without these loyal volunteers, Note: Registration through VolunteerHub is required for construction none of our current and future plans will be possible. and for most events. Even if you have previously volunteered on site, you still must create your account and sign up through VolunteerHub. So the time is now to get involved! The excitement of summer and the abun- With everyone doing so, we will be able to improve our communication dance of Habitat activities should be just what is needed to inspire everyone! involved! with volunteers as well as more accurately track volunteer hours. Enrichment Classes Provide Continuing Resources For Families Last newsletter we told Habitat supporters about our newly expanded Family Enrichment Program. We are happy to say that the program has continued with both social and educational activities. Most recently, several Habitat families attended a Fitness & Nutrition Class at the Habitat office. Habitat homeowner Carrie Korkie led the class. She explained to all that fancy, expensive exercise equipment is not necessary. You can simply use gallon jugs of water & bags with soup cans as your exercise equipment. On May 4th, Habitat families learned about “Gardening in Small Spaces”. Master Gardener and Habitat Homeowner, Michelle Miller led this hands-on class where families were taught how to plant and grow vegetables and fruits in limited spaces using raised bed gardens. Thanks to Linda Gilgore and donations from Meadow Creek Organics each family took home herbs & vegetable plants to begin their own gardens. In August, Habitat families will once again gather for our annual Summer Picnic. Thanks to York Traditions Bank, and the Family Services committee, families will be treated to games, crafts and summer fun. Families who have been homeowners for many years are able to unite with those new to our program. What a great support system the Habitat families provide for each other! As we are mid-year 2013, we are planning many new sessions that we hope will provide important resources for Habitat families as well as clients from other local housing agencies. Upcoming events will include Youth banking/finance, Fire Safety & Crime Prevention, Settlement & Beyond, Home Maintenance & Housekeeping, Inexpensive Interior Design and also Energy Efficiency and Winterization. The Family Enrichment Seminars were previously support- ed by the United Way in 2012 but that funding is no longer available to us, so we are seeking new sponsors. For 2013, Future homeowner, Idellise Cordero and Family we are looking for additional support so that we can contin- Service member, Mickie Heagy, receive fitness instruc- ue to provide these services and opportunities for lower tion from homeowner, Carrie Korkie Habitat families attended a gardening class income families. instructed by homeowner, Michelle Miller (top left) Page 8 We’re on the web: www.yorkhabitat.org We’re on facebook and Twitter too! Annual Gala - Groovin’ Our Way Home! Gala Pics By Jenna Markel, Community Outreach Coordinator York Habitat for Humanity extends its groovin’ gratitude to everyone in the com- munity that made our fourth annual gala event, the Peace, Love & Home Gala, a stellar success! From the cool committee members and excellent event volunteers, to the super sponsors and dynamite donors of awesome auction items, to the groovy guests, this year’s event was mondo memorable! Yorktowne Farms was again the venue for our annual gala, with its pristine landscaping, lush horse On the dance floor pastures, and magnificently restored banquet barn. On Saturday, May 18 th, a retro 70’s theme was the background for an evening of flashback festivities, which included a pinball machine tournament, a “best 70’s outfit contest” judged by gala attendees, a photo station where guests could have their picture taken as 70’s icons, silent and live auctions, and the funky music of Groove Jones. Over $21,500 was raised to help us continue our mission of providing safe, decent, affordable hous- ing for low-income homeowners, while improving our community! For four remarkable women who helped with the festivities, this event was far more than a fundraiser. All single mothers in the process of becoming Habitat Homeowners, Laurie, Rachelle, Kristi and Ashley, had the opportunity to share this enjoyable evening with some of the generous folks who helped make homeownership their reality. Years from now, as they are enjoying their homes or are playing with their children in their backyards, they will think of you - the guests, volunteers, sponsors, Paul G and buddies and donors who participated in the Peace, Love & Home Gala - and smile knowing this event helped make their dreams of home ownership come true. Thank you again to everyone who was involved! We couldn’t have done it without you! What’s Happening on the Habitat Site? The excitement is definitely building as current and future construction projects take shape. At newsletter publication time, the following projects are in the works: 37 West Jackson Street: This project involved the extensive rehab of a two bedroom home that includes the complete interior demolition as well as the The Carters and friends 37 W. Jackson St. rebuilding of some exterior walls. With the roof repair completed, newly installed mechanical systems in place, the walls are up and the kitchen cabinets set, all that remains is the carpeting, lighting and a few minor touches and the house will become a home with the dedication scheduled for the end of June. 403 & 405 South Albemarle Street: Thanks to recent volunteer efforts, the foun- dation is laid and the decking is in place in preparation for the start of Building On Faith 2013 project that will include the use of the Positive Graffiti boards as local congregations unite with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to build two new homes for Front elevation of 403 & single mothers and their children. The new construction build kicks off in mid 405 S. Albemarle St. June with the goal of having the families into their new home by Thanksgiving. Construction on this site will be held specific days for project volunteers that will include Wednesdays and every other Saturday. Groovy couples 321 East Poplar Street: This project will allow York Habitat to continue our revi- talization efforts in the Olde Towne East neighborhood . Through the use of NSP3 funds in partnership with York Housing Authority, this extremely large, blighted and vacant property will be converted to a new home for a family who has a household income at or below the 50% of median. With a March 2014 completion date requirement, this project is on a very short timeframe so everyone’s help with be needed. Women Build : Looking to secure a suitable location for ADA home for the Han- line family. After the overwhelming opposition voiced by local residents of Sher- 321 East Poplar St. wood Forrest at the YNS Borough Council meeting, York Habitat has made a most difficult decision and faced the reality that the best course of action is to se- Habitat’s “Angels” cure another property for the Hanline’s home where this most-deserving family will be embraced by the community rather than placing them in such an unwelcoming environment. Hard to believe, but all of this will be accomplished before the end of 2013! With three major builds planned for next year, we will have more on our plate than ever before. York Habitat offers construction for the general public year-round, so it should be easy for everyone to find a time that works to volunteer! Bring a friend or two or up to ten others and make a day of it. Just jump on VolunteerHub for a one time registration and sign up for as many workdays as you want. Our construction staff looks forward to seeing you onsite! Page 9 Register to volunteer online at http://yorkhabitat.volunteerhub.com. It’s quick & easy! Bequest Gifts NRI Kicks Off with Façade Improvements Joyce Ottemiller and Anna Steigleman By: Miles Fishel, Associate Director Leave a Gift that Will Keep on Giving Why Neighborhood Revitalization? We are so grateful to Joyce Ottemiller and Government programs, scarcity of affordable building land, and the Anna Steigelman for their support of the need to serve more families while conserving assets and Habitat's mission, shown not only during revitalizing our cities' aging neighborhoods have all sparked a their lives but also in their passing. Includ- newfound interest in rehabilitating existing homes. York Habitat ing York Habitat in their wills is a priceless for Humanity has become part of Habitat for Humanity Interna- gift to our housing ministry. tional’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) that allows us to help existing non-Habitat homeowners to continue to Our thoughts and prayers are with their prosper in their homes. It enables Habitat to extend our ministry Local youth kick off NRI program at families as they cope with the loss of their far beyond our homeownership program to truly making an 616 W. Princess St. loved ones, but we hope they find comfort in impact and a difference in blighted neighborhoods. By participat- knowing that these legacy gifts will ing in home rehabs, we will become part of a new movement to continue to help families in need for expand York Habitat's capacity to help those in need of a safe and decent generations to come through Habitat’s life place to live. Our light will shine brighter in the community as people see changing mission. how our work serving those in need is restoring hope & dignity to their lives. Whether you are writing your first will or Our First Project updating an existing one, we hope you will Thanks to a Community Development Block Grant from the City of consider including a gift to York Habitat for York, York Habitat was able to begin our Façade Improvement Program Humanity in your plans. Know that you don’t as part of NRI in partnership with the Salem Square Neighborhood have to be a millionaire to make a difference Association. On Saturday, April 27th in conjunction with Global Youth in the lives of others. A planned gift can be Volunteer Day, community volunteers and youth began the exterior made in many ways including charitable improvements on the home at 616 West Princess St. owned by Gloria trusts, bequests, and donor advised funds. Ramos. Gloria has owned her home for many years and it became a safe haven for her children and grandchildren after a fire destroyed their previous home leaving them homeless. When Gloria’s exterior home repairs are completed she will have a safe porch, locking mailbox, porch lighting to reduce crime and a fresh coat of paint. Gloria says that the sweat equity and application fee required to participate in the program were well worth having her home repairs made and her home beautified. Three more owner occupied homes in the 600 block of West Princess Street will be targeted for repair work later this month with Gloria Ramos’ beautiful the goal of having ten repairs on owner occupied homes completed by year end. home after NRI exterior repairs How YOU Can Help Consider joining our NRI committee. Committee members are needed to coordinate the logistics of the program and repairs. Make a multiyear financial pledge that will help revitalize a neighborhood. Repairs for each home are anticipated to range from $1,500 - $5,000. Help to solicit in-kind materials. The more materials that are donated; the lower the cost of the actual façade repair. Volunteer to help at the NRI site. NRI volunteers can be as young as 14 and regular workdays for the NRI program can be scheduled online through VolunteerHub. Volunteers of the Quarter Volunteers of the Quarter - Ron and Joan Drayer Ron and Joan Drayer have an amazing story. They are both actively involved in their church and in out- reach through Grace Fellowship in Shrewsbury, Pa. As a hobby, Ron would buy, rehab and sell proper- ties. Ron says that when he had trouble selling one property in York City, “God had other plans”. He says that it was his wife’s idea to rent out their Shrewsbury home to their pastor and move into the house on W. King St. in York City. One of their church’s ministries that they were involved in from the start was “Adopt-A- Block”. The church adopted blocks in Shrewsbury, Glen Rock, and then in the Salem Square area of York Bob Gifford & Ron Drayer lending a hand to City. The purpose of the ministry is to bring a consistent presence of service and friendship to the area. In Salem Square neighbors their York City neighborhood, Ron and Joan go door to door asking their neighbors if they need anything. Ron says that’s anything from clothing and diapers to household repairs. In working with other volunteers from the Salem Square neighbor- hood and Grace Fellowship church, Ron has led the way in meeting many needs of those less fortunate in his surrounding neighborhood. Through his contacts as a previous York Habitat Swingin’ Senior volunteer, Ron got involved in our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). With Ron already being actively involved with the west end efforts, the NRI, program was a natural fit. Ron and his team of volunteers from Grace Fellowship, Living Word Community Church and the Salem Square neighborhood work diligently on the prep work for each home as part of the NRI movement while Joan assists with obtaining all of the necessary paperwork and explaining the program requirements to participating homeowners. Once the site is ready for Habitat’s Façade Improvement Program, Ron is then one of the supervisors who lead Habitat volunteers in completing the repairs. When asked about why he does what he does, Ron said, “I’ve done many things for myself over the years, then I wanted to share myself with others. God was tugging at my heart and it’s all for His Glory.” Many thanks to Ron and Joan for their outstanding commitment to serving their community and for their participation in the NRI program. It is volunteers like Ron and Joan that drive our ministry and make it possible for lives to be changed! Page 10 33 South Seward Street * York, PA 17404 * (717)854-6168 www.yorkhabitat.org * email@example.com State Farm Grant Field of Dreams Hosts the 10th Annual 5K Run State Farm charitable resources are York Habitat for Humanity will be holding its 10th Annual Run/ focused on helping build safer, stronger, Walk on Saturday, June 29th beginning at 8:30am. As part of and better educated communities with the Wellspan Running Series, the rolling out and back course initiatives to build affordable housing, first starts on Allen Lane in Dover Borough with the majority of the time homeownership and neighborhood reinvestment in course on Butter Road. Beginning the race in the cul-de-sac of low-to-moderate income area. York Habitat’s Spring Valley Manor II (also known as the “Dover Field of Dreams project”) will allow runners the opportunity to York Habitat is extremely proud to once again announce admire the beautiful 16 home neighborhood that Habitat has being the recipient of State Farm funding. During the created. Building of Faith kick off State Farm representatives will Prizes will be awarded to the top proudly present York Habitat for Humanity with a $10,000 three male and female finishers State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant check for in each age group: under 16; the Building on Faith project located at 403 & 405 S. Albe- 16-20; 21-30; 31-40; 41-50; 51- marle St. The funding is in support of the Positive Graffiti 60; 60+. So youth up to senior Program started last summer in which local youth created members of the community can graffiti boards that will be used to build the exterior walls of join in! the Building on Faith homes. The project kicks off on June Last year, a record 380 runners 18th with the erecting of the graffiti walls to be viewed and raised $5,500 for York Habitat; celebrated at the site on Saturday, June 22nd. our goal is to surpass that Members of the Gruver Fitness Boot Camp participated in State Farm has been a sponsor of Habitat for Humanity amount this year! However, one the 2012 5K Walk/Run International and Habitat record that we are hoping not to affiliates for more than surpass is the 90-plus degree weather from last year! 13 years, contributing Advance Registration (Postmarked by June 1st): $20 and guaranteed T-Shirt size; almost $2.5 million to Registration (Postmarked after June 1st): $25 and T-Shirt while supplies last; the mission of building Team Registration (5 or more runners from an organization; registrations bundled homes. Here in York, and postmarked by June 1st): $15 State Farm has been a per runner. United Way Day of Action partial sponsor of Huge thanks to chairperson Friday, June 21, 2013 several Habitat projects, Kathy Miller for organizing the (L to R) Steve Horning from State Farm event! For more information, helping to provide our As one of the largest volunteer events in York presents check to, Harry Glatfelter, Linda families with forever contact her at (717) 718-2966 or County, United Way’s Day of Action offers Eisenhart, Deb Clemons,and Chip Hoover homes. firstname.lastname@example.org hundreds of volunteers the ability to engage with local agencies in various acts of service. Partner of the Quarter Individuals, students, seniors, and employees Habitat’s Partner of the Quarter is Northwest from local companies will “Be Someone’s Savings Bank (NWSB). Their involvement with Superhero” by participating in a wide range of York Habitat’s ministry is far reaching indeed! community service projects. Most recently, NWSB was a gala sponsor, se- York Habitat for Humanity will once again lected YHFH as the recipient of their United proudly participate in the United Way Day of Way designated corporate giving, presented Action by offering volunteers from Glatfelter Habitat with the proceeds from tax credits and Insurance Co. the opportunity to improve began providing cost-free servicing to Habitat lives and beautify neighborhoods through our held mortgages. Jill Bollinger, Doug Hall, home ownership and NRI programs. As part Denise Moscarell and Jay Wise, all NWSB (L to R) Jill Bollinger, Debbie Krout-Althoff, Nancy May & Denise Moscarell present Habitat with a tax credit contribution of this community wide day of volunteering, a employees, serve in various volunteer group of Glatfelter employees will complete capacities for our organization. NWSB façade improvements and continue work on serves as an exemplary model of true support of Habitat’s mission! one of Habitat’s extensive rehab projects. Special thanks to these volunteers and all Company of the Quarter others participating in this day of service in the York community! Commercially Clean has been selected as Company of the Quar- ter. For the past four years, they have been donating their cleaning services to keep the Habitat offices looking great! Most recently, Owner, Dan Grove, joined Habitat’s Development Committee as well as became involved with our upcoming Women Build project. He wants to lead by example and continue to increase both his involvement and that of his employees. York Habitat is thrilled to announce that we have been approved for United Way funding from this upcoming year’s campaign. The allocation of $10,000 we will receive is to help support the start up of our NRI program. This funding combined with designated contributions totals over $37,000. Thanks United Way!!! E-News Sign up: Interested in receiving our monthly e-news? Go to www.yorkhabitat.org Page 11 33 South Seward Street York, PA 17404 Habitat Needs YOU! Seeking donation of building lot or single story ranch style home for Women Build 2013 for Hanline Family Habitat Happenings Board of Directors 6/18- BOF Blitz Week 403 & 405 S. Albemarle St. 8:00am- 3:30pm 6/22 President, Scott Sides – RBC Wealth Management Vice President - Michael Houska, Bank of America 6/21 UW Day of Action York City construction Sit 8:00am-2:00pm Treasurer - David Muehling, Kinsley Construction 6/22 Graffiti Showing 403-405 S. Albemarle Street 8:00am Secretary- currently vacant Jill Bollinger – Northwest Savings Bank 6/25 YCP Home Dedication 37 W. Jackson St. 5:30 pm Phillip Briddell – Susquehanna Real Estate 6/27 12@12 Luncheon Habitat Office 12:00 pm Gary Jones – Retired Todd Lammert – Harley Davidson 6/29 10th Annual 5K Allen Lane, Dover 8:00 am Gregory Monskie - Benn Law Firm Kimberly Plitsch – Memorial Hospital 8/4 Women Build 4000 Sherwood Dr. 1:00 pm Bradley Rohrbaugh – Bennett Williams Realty Arlene Schmitt – Retired 9/9 Hanover Project St. Matthew Church 6:00 pm Tracy Thompson – Goodwill Keystone Area Kick Off Hanover Jeff Valentine – M & T Bank 9/21 JCI Golf Tournament Honey Run Golf Course 1:00 pm Katie Fisher – Student, YCP Chapter 9/24- Women Build TBD Need LOT 8:00am-4:00pm Staff 9/28 Blitz Week DONATION Debbie Krout-Althoff, Executive Director 9/29 BOF Historic St. John Episcopal 12:30pm Miles Fishel, Associate Director Church Tour (Lunch) Church Beaver St. Steve Munchel, Construction Manager Cheryl Buser, Office Manager 10/5 County Cup Crochet Sovereign Stadium 11:00am Stacey Sharland, Family Services & Faith Relations Manager Tournament Bob Hinkle, Site Supervisor Bill Goodling, Site Supervisor 10/17 Celebration of Service Aldersgate UMC 5:30pm Jenna Markle, Community Relations Coordinator and Hope Banquet Tyler Run Rd. Kim Anthony, Volunteer Coordinator HABITAT'S NEW HIRES! Advisory Board Recently, two new members have become part of the York Habitat Team! Mayor Kim Bracey Jenna Markle joined us as the new Community Relations Coordinator Tony Campisi and Kim Anthony came on board as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Ed Dunklebarger Keith Eldredge Jenna has experience as a patient advocate, working with volunteer organiza- Donald Gogniat tions, and in sales and marketing. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the Mike Jones Jenna & Kim join Habitat’s team Habitat Mission with others and inspiring them to get involved. Robert Myers III Daniel Waltersdorff Kim has several years of experience in the accounting with a passion for work with non-profits. Kim is currently Senator Michael Waugh enrolled as a part time student at HACC – York Campus studying Business Administration. We’re on the web: www.yorkhabitat.org We’re on facebook and Twitter too!
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