Fall 2010 Habitat Happenings ………………. 2 Coming and Goings ……………...… 2 Carter Work Project ……………... 3 2010 House of Hope ……………… 3 Americorp VISTA News …… 4 & 5 Construction News ………………… 5 ReStore Review …………………..…. 6 ReStore Sales ……………….………... 6 Top Eight Wish List ……….………. 6 ReStore Store Closings ………...… 6 Calling All Donors ………………….. 7 Chili Cook‐Off ………………………... 8 UWL Chapter Update …………….. 9 Vernon County Chapter ………… 9 Board of Director Build Day .. 10 Through the Eyes ……………….. 10 Youth and Habitat ……………….. 11 Thank You First Supply ……….. 12 Counting Our Blessings ……….. 12 State Support Organization …. 13 Save the Date ………………………. 13 Home for Everyone ……………… 13 Pepsi Refresh Project ………….. 14 Culver’s Night ……………………… 14 Help Us Go Paperless …………… 14 Support Habitat …………………… 15 Cars for Homes ……………………. 16 CONTACT US For more information, to become a volunteer, or to make a donation, please contact us: Habitat for Humanity‐ La Crosse Area P.O. Box 2123 (Offices at the Habitat ReStore) La Crosse, WI 54602 608‐785‐2373 www.habitatlacrosse.org email@example.com Habitat ReStore 434 Third Street South (between King and Cass Streets) La Crosse, WI 54601 608‐785‐2375 www.restorelacrosse.org firstname.lastname@example.org www.habitatlacrosse.org Officers Kurt Schuldes ‐ President Mike Poellinger ‐ Vice President Jeff Wrobel ‐ Treasurer Tom Claflin ‐ Secretary Habitat for Humanity International’s Tithe Program: Building a Better World Board of Directors Ken Kryzenske ‐ Past President Chris Crye he world’s housing need is immense; poverty housing is widespread and crosses Paul Fairchild all geographic, ethnic, national, linguistic, gender, and religious boundaries. Gina Gerrard That’s why Habitat for Humanity is building simple, decent, affordable homes in Tom Kieffer more than 100 countries around the world, with a vast array of housing solutions to Tom Knothe meet the unique needs of all the families who are without a decent, safe, and Brad Quarberg healthy place to live. Myrna Schmidt Eric Skinner Often the countries with the deepest, most severe poverty have the least ability to raise local funds to help those in most need. Recognizing this, every Habitat for Staff Humanity affiliate gives up to 10 percent of their undesignated income – a tithe – Executive Director Cori Skolaski to support work in other parts of the country or globally. In some recipient countries, email@example.com that 10 percent can build an entire house or two. In other places, it is enough to add just a room or a roof. Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Area has been ReStore Manager designating its tithe to Thailand. As of June 2010, we are proud to say that we have Steve Baker tithed $104,292 and served 35.5 families. firstname.lastname@example.org Construction Coordinator/ ReStore Driver Jason Mather email@example.com Administrative Coordinator t was with a grateful heart in June we warmly thanked two of our board members Jenny Sanders as we bid them a fond farewell. firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Blaylock served on the Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Area Board of Directors ReStore Warehouse Coordinator Jim Noel for six years; during his tenure he served as the treasurer, secretary, and President. He brought his time, talent, and a lot of thoughtfulness to his position, and we will Fund Development Coordinator miss him! Sara Halberg (VISTA) email@example.com Linda Temte served on the Board of Directors for 2 ½ years, and she brought her Volunteer Coordinator enthusiasm and energy to the position. Over the years Linda has served on our Kelsey Schwartz (VISTA) fundraising committee, helped with the House of Hope, lent a hand in our office, firstname.lastname@example.org staffed our Chili Cook‐off booth, and volunteered on our work sites among other things. Although no longer on the board, Linda is the chair of the Raise the Roof Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse fundraiser where she continues to share her talents. Area works in partnership with God and people In June we were happy to welcome Eric Skinner to the Board of Directors. Eric also everywhere to develop serves on our construction committee; he is an inspector with Focus on Energy and he communities with people is instrumental in moving us forward in certifying the homes we build as Energy Star in need by building and renovating houses, so that certified (at a 5 Star Plus level!). We are very happy to have Eric join us and look for‐ there are decent houses in ward to his service on the Board of Directors. decent communities in which people can live and grow into all that God intended. Find us on Facebook! Page 2 Habitat Partnerships abitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project is an annual, internationally‐recognized week of building that brings attention to the need for simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low‐income families. The 27th annual Carter Work Project will be held from October 4‐8, 2010, to coincide with the United Nations’ World Habitat Day. The Carters will work with volunteers in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland; Birmingham, Alabama; and closer to home, in the Twin Cities. Volunteers will participate in a combination of building new houses and improving existing homes. Cori Skolaski, our Executive Director, has been accepted as a volunteer and will be working at the St. Paul and Minneapolis build sites. As President of the United States, Jimmy Carter was deeply committed to social justice and basic human rights. He and his wife Rosalynn left the White House in search of meaningful ways to contribute in these areas. In addition to promoting peace and human rights through the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta, each year the Carters give a week of their time—and their construction skills—to build homes and raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity. ouse of Hope is Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Area’s signature fundraising event. In early June we began distributing 2x4 boards to businesses, churches, and other organizations around the community and asked them to collect signatures on their board as well as donations. We will then use all the signed boards – and all the donations – to build the 2010 House of Hope. We have designated the home at 922 Hope Court as this year’s House of Hope. If your business or organization still has a 2 x 4, please return the board to us at the Habitat ReStore. If you are unable to drop it off, please contact Jenny at email@example.com to make arrangements to have us pick it up. Look for the Habitat House of Hope float in the Oktoberfest Parades – we’ll be participating in both the Maple Leaf Parade on Saturday, September 25th and the Torchlight Parade on Thursday, September 30th. Give us a shout‐out as we go by. Major Sponsors: Home Builder Sponsors: Toolbelt Sponsors: The La Crosse Radio Group: (Onalaska) Boards Donated By: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church www.habitatlacrosse.org Habitat Partnerships Page 3 y name is Rachael Eaton and I served as the Volunteer Another major project I worked on Coordinator for HFHLCA since August 2009. Not only has was organizing and restructuring 2010 flown by, but my year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA the scheduling for construction passed in what seems like an instant. I would like to share volunteers. I also worked to with you some of the projects that I worked on during my communicate well with volunteers, year of service. group contacts and our construc‐ tion coordinator to emphasize comfort and preparedness My service during this VISTA year (on the construction site, on the construction site. at the ReStore, and throughout the affiliate) focused on en‐ hancing the volunteer experience and strengthening volun‐ By the time you are reading this, I will teer administration. have begun graduate school at Michi‐ gan State University. Although my I was asked to implement a Volunteer committee to support studies of biology and animal behavior the organization’s volunteer management. I was soon blessed will be quite different from my work at with a fantastic committee of volunteers who continue to Habitat for Humanity, I will carry great bring diverse experiences and viewpoints to the table. To‐ memories and experiences with me gether we worked to develop better recruitment, training, through school and beyond. and recognition efforts. It has certainly been my pleasure serv‐ With the assistance of the committee, I developed an orienta‐ ing the volunteers of Habitat for Hu‐ tion session for new and prospective volunteers. These brief manity‐La Crosse Area and the Habitat ReStore. Thanks again! meetings are held quarterly and seek to introduce and invite community members to volunteer opportunities at HFHLCA. Y name is Sara Halberg and grant. [Editor’s note: Sara wrote and applied for the grant, my first year as the Fund Devel‐ and secured a donation from Trim Design to put our logo on opment Coordinator was fantastic. I it.] And I had the most fun this past year at all of our special am already enjoying my second term events, including family festivals, parades, Raise the Roof as an AmeriCorps VISTA! During this and the Chili Cook‐off. Thanks for making this an amazing past year, I revamped our direct mail experience! program and developed some new pieces. I also developed a renewal In the upcoming year, I will be working primarily with mail program which will be imple‐ churches and businesses to develop additional sources of mented soon. Our organization’s marketing and communica‐ income. We are also working to implement a housing rehab tions were also improved with the streamlining and tracking program in the La Crosse Area called “A Brush With Kind‐ of distribution, widening our circle of media contact to more ness”, in which I will be involved. Along with several grants than 30, and implementing a new email marketing program and our direct mail program, I will continue to do special called Constant Contact. We also acquired a tool trailer as events. I am certainly looking forward to the year ahead! the result of being selected for a local Pepsi Refresh Project i everyone! My name is Kelsey Schwartz and I am a small did it give those I was serving a sense of gratitude but it gave town girl from Southern Wisconsin. In order to introduce me a sense of fulfillment. It was here that I decided to take myself, I thought you might like to know why I decided to my passion of serving others and use it to motivate my take on this position. chosen career path. When applying to schools I looked for any program that would fit this description. I ended up attending “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what UW Stout and majored in Service Management‐Nonprofit. we give.” This is the way Winston Churchill defined the impor‐ In order to graduate I was required to do an internship and I tance of giving in order to have a fulfilling life. I learned this was blessed with the opportunity to work for Make‐A‐Wish philosophy from firsthand experience. From a very early age Foundation in Minneapolis. It was through this experience I’ve been volunteering with different programs and not only that I gained some insight into the inner workings of a Page 4 Habitat Partnerships www.habitatlacrosse.org functional nonprofit foundation. After I graduated in week. Therefore, I am going to spend the next few months May I chose to take up the opportunity to gain more doing research on other affiliates and their experiences to experience by doing a year of service through AmeriCorps see what works and doesn’t work. Finally, I also plan on VISTA. I have now found my home here with Habitat for expanding the duties of the Humanity‐La Crosse Area. Volunteer Committee and their interest in all special Throughout my year here, I am striving to expand our events and community volunteer base. We will be targeting individuals in the networking opportunities. Restore, on Special Events, and with the Construction Site. I am going to be working on expanding our relationships I look forward to meeting with churches in the surrounding communities to gain their everyone and I hope that interest in volunteering with us as a group or as individuals. you will all become as A goal for next summer is to host a collegiate challenge passionate about volun‐ group. This means that we would like to invite a group teering as I am! from out of town to come and volunteer with us for a ummer is winding down but our construction sites are bustling! Work progresses on 417 Coon Prairie Road in Westby in partnership with Angela and Lucas Geier and their five children, and on 914 Hope Court in Holmen in partnership with Kee Xiong and Soua Thao and their six children. Rain in June set us back a bit but thanks to our wonderful volunteers and dedicated construction staff we are making great progress. If you’d like to volunteer or would like to bring a group (from work, school, church, your neighborhood, etc.) to one or both of our sites we’d love to have you! We welcome people over the age of 16 of all (or no) skill levels; we’ll provide you with the tools and training to make your day with us productive and satisfying. For the Holmen projects call Kelsey at 608‐799‐4192 or e‐mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and for the Westby project call JoAn O’Connor at 608‐606‐0645 or e‐mail email@example.com. In mid‐September we will break ground on our next house, at 922 Hope Court. As this newsletter goes to press, our family selection committee is working hard to choose the family with which we’ll partner. We don’t begin building a home until the family is selected because we build based on family size; this determines the square footage and how many bedrooms are needed (we allow two same‐sex children per bedroom). Generally our homes are 3, 4, or 5 bedrooms. Regardless of this future family’s needs, we’ll most likely have a house plan which will suit their needs. Construction on this home will continue over the winter but we hope to get it roofed and sided before the weather gets too cold so that we can keep our volunteers comfort‐ able! We are now accepting group sign‐ups for this project; it’s on a first‐come basis so if you have a group you’d like to bring to our work site please contact Kelsey at 608‐799‐4192 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your day(s). www.habitatlacrosse.org Habitat Partnerships Page 5 n September, we will celebrate four years of operat‐ Some work goes on during store ing the Habitat ReStore. As listed on the front page, hours. You may have seen sections we’ll be hosting a week’s worth of special sales, giveaways, of retail shelving go up while the door prizes and more. We’ll also be recognizing the people store is open. We also have a large who make it possible, our wonderful volunteers. We oper‐ basement with a work shop and ate with a very small staff so our 23 current store volun‐ paint area where volunteers and staff cut, sand, clean, teers plus the many others who have volunteered in the prime, and paint shelving. However, much work also goes past have done the lion’s share of the work. on when the store is closed. Coinciding with our fourth year, we have undertaken a A number of our volunteers who are too modest to want renovation project to update our look. In case you haven’t me to name them have been working hard on Mondays, been in the store lately, some of what we’ve accomplished Tuesdays and Friday nights to get the job done. And for include: free! If it weren’t for their strong commitment and tireless ◊ A new store layout to make shopping easier. efforts we would not have contemplated this project. ◊ Updated and refurbished racking for the display of merchandise. Come down to the store October 20‐23. Enjoy the sales ◊ Fixing windows and addressing other areas of the and giveaways, and thank our store volunteers for their store for safety and comfort. hard work on this project. ◊ Repainting the exterior of the building. CONGRATULATIONS! Emmie Rosson exceeded 2000 volunteer hours since becoming a volunteer in 2006. She has worked more than 500 hours each year the store has been open. Thank you Emmie for your inspiring service to the Habitat ReStore and special events! So our volunteers and staff can enjoy the holidays with their families, the ReStore will be closed: 1. Counter tops Oktoberfest 2. Cabinets Saturday, September 25 3. Carpet remnants Thanksgiving 4. Complete double paned windows Thursday, November 25 5. New or excellent condition large commercial windows Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 6. Someone with expertise in fixing concrete Friday, December 24 & Saturday, December 25 7. Hand tools New Year’s Day 8. Used laptop Saturday, January 1, 2011 Page 6 Habitat Partnerships www.habitatlacrosse.org CALLING ALL DONORS! The ReStore needs your help! Donate new or gently used items today! Your items help Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Area eliminate poverty housing in the Coulee Region. Your contributions may be eligible for free pick up and tax benefits. Contact Jason at 797‐3913 or email@example.com www.restorelacrosse.org/donations.shtml 50 % Off 25 % Off Ceiling Fans Flooring and Toilets September 22‐30 $15.00 Twin Box Springs October 1‐15 Habitat ReStore Our Mission What We Do 434 3rd Street South • To raise money for the The Habitat ReStore is a unique (between King and Cass Street) building of Habitat houses. building materials retail outlet that enables you to buy the supplies you La Crosse, WI 54601 • To sell usable merchandise (608) 785‐2375 need for home or office renovation, at reasonable prices. remodeling, and decorating www.restorelacrosse.org • To recycle building materials, projects at a fraction of the cost. keeping them out of our landfills and in circulation We collect new and used building ReStore Hours where they can benefit the materials and sell them at a fraction La Crosse area. of retail prices. All profits go directly Wednesday 10 am ‐ 6 pm to Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Thursday 10 am ‐ 6 pm • To promote awareness Area for building more houses and of Habitat for Humanity‐ to remove families in need from Friday 10 am ‐ 6 pm La Crosse Area and it’s poverty housing. goal of eliminating poverty Saturday 9 am ‐ 3 pm housing in our community. www.habitatlacrosse.org Habitat Partnerships Page 7 Page 8 Habitat Partnerships www.habitatlacrosse.org he University of Wisconsin‐La Crosse Habitat for Humanity Chapter is looking forward to another busy and productive year beginning this fall semester. Under the leadership of President Sara Sturdevant and an experienced executive committee, the chapter will continue to make a significant contribution to Habitat for Humanity and to the community. On‐campus fundraising begins early at UW‐L with the sale of “food boards” to dorm dwellers on the move‐in days over the Labor Day weekend. Food boards are popular items in the dor‐ mitories because they provide needed additional shelf space in otherwise somewhat confined room accommodations. This year’s event raised over $1800. In addition to the traditional on‐campus fund‐raising activi‐ ties, chapter members are anxious to get started on a number of cooperative projects with us. The chapter will be selling Brats and Raise the Roof raffle tickets at the La Crosse Festival Foods Brat Barn on October 2nd to raise additional funds for the chapter and to help kick off raffle ticket sales for the our Raise the Roof event in February. The chapter is also excited about having the opportunity to participate in at least two house builds this coming academic year in Holmen and Houston, MN. Of course, the spring break trip to southern latitudes to work on a habitat house is always a highlight of the year as well. Chapter members are also looking forward to increasing their participation in ReStore; the chapter plans to participate in the ReStore 4th Anniversary Celebration in late October, and helped paint the exterior of the ReStore building. All in all, we anticipate a productive year ahead and a year of working together to help the community address the issue of affordable housing. The Vernon County Chapter is in full swing in the construction of the Chapter’s fifth house. The house is located at 417 Coon Prairie Road in Westby. This year’s partner family is the Lucas and Angela Geier family from Westby. The Geier’s have been working very hard on the construction of the house, side by side with our other Habitat volunteers, and are very anxious to move into the house, hopefully in November. On Saturday, September 19th we held our raffle for a Sportster Low Harley Davidson and his and her Marlin Bicycles at the Vernon County Fair. Thank you to our fundraising committee for all your hard work over the last six months and everyone who bought a ticket to support us. Congratulations to Scott Mills of Viroqua who won the Harley Davidson and Tracy Montoya of Viroqua who won the Marlin Bicycles. The Chapter recently purchased a tool trailer which can store all its tools and can be moved from site to site. This is an investment that has been long needed and is dedicated to the memory of long time construction coordinator Chuck Doerr who passed away this past spring. Don Tully has recently taken over as Chapter Chair and his involvement is energizing our efforts. Additionally, four members of the community have recently volunteered to serve terms on the Chapter’s Advisory Committee. These new members’ infectious enthusiasm is also providing much needed new energy to the effort of building affordable housing for families in need in our rural community. (Left) Harley Construction winner Scott on the Mills & Chapter Chair Don Tully Geier home (Right) New tool trailer www.habitatlacrosse.org Habitat Partnerships Page 9 t is not often that organizations are blessed to have a Board like ours! On Friday, August 27th, we had our first Board Build. It was a great opportunity to have our Board of Directors experience firsthand the service that they help us provide on a daily basis. They were a huge help in sealing ducts, siding/trim, soffit fascia, and some roofing projects. We were very excited that WKBT Channel 8 news came and did an interview with our Board President, Kurt Schuldes, in order to keep our community updated on the happenings of Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Area. Overall, it was a beautiful day full of hard work and lots of fun! We would like to thank all of our Board Members for their continuing efforts throughout the year! am very excited to be helping as a new volunteer for Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Area. I recently won an International award for the work that I have put into the community and I am glad to get to add Habitat to the list of special groups that I work with. Helping my commu‐ nity is important to me, so I am happy I get to work with such a great group of people. Some‐ times other people need a little more help and I love helping them! It's nice to be able to make their lives a little better. So far I have had the chance to work with Habitat in several different ways. After we found out about the housing projects on Hope Court, I was eager to take some yummy cookies that my mom and I made to the volunteers working there. As a kid, it sometimes takes searching for good ways to help out, especially since Habitat for Humanity does not have a strong youth program around here. It was a really nice feeling to see the faces of the volunteers that we visited on the work site! I hope I can get more kids to visit and I can't wait to do it again! Another fun thing that I got to do with my mom was visit Clearwater Farm when they were having Family Fun Day. We volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity booth and got to help kids decorate cool household items with paint and talk to some of them about volunteering with Habitat too! We were also really excited to bring an awesome cupcake cake to celebrate the fun day. It was nice to tell so many people about Habitat and I hope they will come and help out too ‐ especially the kids! I am so excited to get to work with our new volunteer coordinator VISTA Kelsey and the volunteer committee again to get more kids involved. My mom and I will be helping find new opportunities for local youth to work with Habitat for Humanity. Volunteering is a fun thing that makes everyone feel really good and can make other peoples' lives a lot better, so I hope to find many new children who would like to help. We've got some really great ideas planned that we hope will make kids really want to help out! Very Sincerely, Rachel Barnes‐Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity Youth Volunteer and 2010 Young American International Junior Miss Page 10 Habitat Partnerships www.habitatlacrosse.org hen people think of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity they generally picture themselves swinging a hammer or wielding a paintbrush. In part, that’s right… the homes that we build are mainly built by volunteer labor. However, there are lots of other opportunities with Habitat for Humanity that are accomplished by volunteers: site selection to find land on which to build, family selection to choose the families with which we partner to build homes, special event planning, volunteer support, and ReStore sales floor. These are just some of the areas in which volunteers are crucial to our organization. On our worksites, we require that our volunteers be at least 16 years of age. We have had to disappoint many Boy and Girl Scout troops with that information! However, there are lots of ways that our younger volunteers – and college‐age students, as well – can make a meaningful contribution to the work of Habitat for Humanity, and feel the same level of satisfaction of someone who helps us roof or frame a house! Some of the areas in which the youth in our community are actively involved include: UW‐La Crosse has a Campus Chapter that actively participates in our mission. A member of the Chapter attends our Board of Directors meetings, and one of Habitat’s board members, Tom Claflin, serves as the group’s advisor. The Chapter sends volunteers to work on homes several times during the year, they help with fundraisers, they build picnic tables for each Habitat home we build, and engage in fundraising and advocacy events. During the spring semester the Chapter sends a group of members to volunteer for a week at a Habitat affiliate somewhere in the United States (usually someplace warm – last year, they went to Florida). Western Technical College’s Architectural Drafting Class designs the homes that we build each year. Construction Co‐ ordinator Jason Mather and Executive Director Cori Skolaski visit the class during the semester to explain the Habitat for Humanity program, talk about design criteria, describe the needs of the families whose homes are being designed, and answer questions. At the end of the semester they return for a formal presentation, when teams of students unveil their home designs and are critiqued and graded on the project. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Holmen’s youth group has participated in our House of Hope event for the last three years. The group gathers on a Saturday morning in May and prepares over 100 2x4 boards that get distributed around the community and organize the information packets that go with them. Other areas that young people work with Habitat for Humanity are at the ReStore, helping in the warehouse or on the sales floor; poster distribution for our special events; Raise the Roof event help – over 20 volunteers help on the day of the event; sponsoring tool drives; and hospitality on site, which means providing or serving lunch, greeting volunteers as they arrive, and serving as a welcoming presence. If you have an idea to share on how youth can be involved, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelsey Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.habitatlacrosse.org Habitat Partnerships Page 11 irst Supply has generously donated a solar hot water heater to our home at 914 Hope Court in Holmen. The product retails for $8,000 and is expected to cut the amount of gas needed for hot water by more than 50%. It will save about $100,000 for the partner family over its 40‐year life expectancy, taking into account the rising cost of energy. Using technology such as a solar hot water heater is another example of how we aim to provide high‐efficiency, cost‐saving, sustainable houses for our partner families. After all, hard‐working, low‐income families need these cost‐saving technologies most, as it helps free up money in an already tight budget to save towards higher education, healthcare, retirement and more. The solar hot water heater that has been installed is an active system that circulates water via pumps and controls, and has a storage tank and solar collec‐ tors (the picture shows one of two rooftop solar panels). The indirect circulation system’s pump circulates a non‐freezing, heat‐transfer fluid through the collec‐ tors and heat exchangers, which heats the water that flows into the home. This system is popular in climates that are prone to freezing temperatures, like the upper Midwest. Thanks to our newest board member, Eric Skinner of Partner With Renewal Home Energy, for installing the unit at no cost. We extend our deepest gratitude to First Supply and Eric for this generous donation! long with cash contributions, Habitat for Humanity mortgage lender for all Habitat homes, but Associated is lucky to receive many in‐kind donations from Bank processes the mortgages for us which saves us a businesses. It’s a huge benefit to us ‐ we receive goods tremendous amount of work and staff time. and services at discounted prices or at no cost. ReStore: Thank you to the following businesses who Here is a partial list of our in‐kind heroes. If we have have donated products ‐ 7 Rivers Surplus, Ace Hardware, inadvertently left your business name off of this list ‐ Builders Flooring, Creative Laminates, Flooring Interiors, please let us know and accept our apologies! Pro Build, Sears, and WalzCraft Industries. Thank you to the following businesses who have donated towards our Anonymous Donors: Some of our in‐kind donors prefer remodel: Bagniefski Heating and Air Conditioning, Elliot to remain anonymous. You know who you are; thank you Electric, Knapp Masonry, and Weiser Precast. very much for your generosity! Trim Design: Thank you for donating the logo work on our Construction on 914 Hope Court: Thank you to the fol‐ new tool trailer. lowing businesses who have donated towards our current construction site in Holmen ‐ Advanced Media Solutions, Valspar Paint: Valspar donates interior and exterior paint Badgerland Roofing, First Supply, Jaeckle Distributors, Jim for our homes. Keil Drywall, Tri State Insulated Concrete Forms, and Tusker Construction. WebTeam (La Crosse): Thank you for hosting our website at no charge! First Supply: First Supply is our landlord and gives us a great deal on our rent for our ReStore and office space. Whirlpool Corporation: Whirlpool donates new stoves They also donate materials for the homes we build. and refrigerators to ALL Habitat homes built in the United States. We deeply appreciate and honor this outstanding Local Banks: Associated Bank is a wonderful partner corporate partner. by providing creative in‐kind support. We are the Page 12 Habitat Partnerships www.habitatlacrosse.org abitat for Humanity chapters from all over the state of Wisconsin are organizing what is called a State Support Organization (SSO). An SSO provides support to the individual Habitat affiliates through technology & trainings, leveraging state level contacts to provide additional resources and training, and advocating for housing issues. Over 35 states already have an SSO. In Minnesota, the SSO helped the Habitat affiliates develop a Green Building Program, loan funding programs to create more affordable housing, and organized statewide fundraisers such as the Habitat 500 Bicycle Ride across Minnesota. Since Houston County is in our service area, we are a member of Habitat Minnesota and have benefited greatly. We feel that an SSO will improve the operations of all Habitat affiliate in the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin SSO will be governed by a combination of affiliate staff & current board members throughout the state and community & business leaders throughout the state. The first board meeting convenes in September, and we hope to establish our first programs in 2011. Former Habitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Area Board Member Todd Restel has been selected to be on the SSO board. We are excited to have representation from our community. The Mission of Habitat for Humanity (HFHW) is to unite the affiliates across the state in a coordinated effort to eliminate sub‐standard housing. SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, September 25 ‐ Watch for us in the Oktoberfest Parade Thursday, September 30 ‐ Give us a shout out in the Torch Light Parade Saturday, October 2 ‐ UWL Habitat Chapter Brat Barn at Festival Foods in downtown La Crosse (11 am ‐ 6 pm) Saturday, October 9 ‐ State Bank Chili Cook Off at the State Bank parking lot at 401 Main Street in La Crosse (11:30 am ‐ 2:30 pm) Wednesday, October 20 ‐ ReStore Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Chamber Ambassadors (12 pm) Wednesday, October 20 to Saturday, October 23 ‐ ReStore 4th Anniversary Celebration December ‐ Home Dedication for the Kee Xiong and Soua Thao Family (914 Hope Court, Holmen) Saturday, February 19, 2011 ‐ Raise the Roof with the Remainders n July, our Executive Director Cori Skolaski was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion at the Home for Everyone conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing held in La Crosse. Cori, along with representatives from the city of La Crosse’s planning department, Couleecap, and Workforce Connections, discussed local efforts to create and expand affordable housing. The following day, conference attendees went on a bus tour of panel participants’ projects. Our portion brought the tour to Hope Court in Holmen, where Cori discussed the scope of the project. www.habitatlacrosse.org Habitat Partnerships Page 13 abitat for Humanity‐La Crosse Area recently acquired an enclosed tool trailer to haul tools and equipment between construction sites. This was made possible when we were selected as a grant recipient for the local Pepsi Refresh Project in May. The local distributors, Gillette Pepsi‐Cola, are awarding $100,000 to organizations in the services areas of Mankato, MN, Rochester, MN, La Crosse, WI and Decorah, IA. Check out www.gillettepepsicola.com for more details on other grant recipients and the program. Our affiliate is on the cusp of simultaneously building more than one home and this new trailer will help make that happen. Thanks, Pepsi! n Tuesday, June 8th, Habitat staff and volunteers came together at Culver’s of Onalaska to participate in a creative fundraising night. A portion of the proceeds from 5‐8pm went to Habitat and will be included in Culver’s 2010 House of Hope contribution. Last year, Culver’s of Onalaska donated more than $1,000 from their House of Hope boards! Thanks for thinking of us, Culver’s! Add your name to our e-mail newsletter list by logging on to www.habitatlacrosse.org and click on “Newsletter” or e-mail email@example.com! Page 14 Habitat Partnerships www.habitatlacrosse.org Every donation helps change someone’s world. Imagine your contribution combined with those of other individuals, businesses and organizations from around our area. Imagine what you could mean to a family in need of a safe and decent house. Please give today. Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________ City: _________________________________ State: _______________ Zip: ________________ Phone: _________________________ E-mail: _________________________________________ □ I would like my gift to be anonymous in publications. Contribution Amount I will be a 2011 Raise the Roof Sponsor! My business, church or organization will be a 2011 Raise the __ $480+ Architect’s Club Roof Sponsor! __ $240 Homebuilder’s Club ___ $ 2000 Platinum ___ $ 250 Bronze __ $120 Carpenter’s Club ___ $ 1000 Gold ___ Up to $250 Friend __ Other: $ _____ ___ $ 500 Silver Payment Method. Thank you! __ Check enclosed made out to Habitat for Humanity-La Crosse Area __ Please Bill Me: __ Monthly __ Quarterly __ Charge my: __ Visa __ MasterCard Name as it appears on card: ________________________________________ Card No. ________________________________________________________ Exp. Date __________________________ Mail to: Habitat for Humanity-La Crosse Area, PO Box 2123, La Crosse, WI 54602-2123 or contribute online at www.habitatlacrosse.org www.habitatlacrosse.org Habitat Partnerships Page 15 NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID LA CROSSE, WI PERMIT NO. 96 P.O. Box 2123 La Crosse, WI 54602‐2123 Address Service Requested ere is your chance to make a difference in a unique way! Donate your vehicle to build Habitat for Humanity homes in the La Crosse Area through Habitat International’s Cars for HomesTM program! Simply call 877‐277‐4344 or visit the www.carsforhomes.org to donate cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, airplanes or other motorized vehicles – running or not! Accepted vehicles are sold through wholesale auctions, salvage yards and automotive recyclers. Donors are sent acknowledgment from Habitat for Humanity International and the forms required by the IRS regulations. Net proceeds are disbursed to affiliates, based on zip code of the donor, as unrestricted funds to help build more homes. Give the gift of hope by donating your vehicle to Cars for HomesTM – help Habitat‐La Crosse continue to fund houses for families in need!