Women Build 2.0 – June 2017!!

Women Build’s 17th year in Monroe County!

MAY 17 UPDATE:  Women Builders! As you know, the weather over the past couple of weeks was challenging, and required us to intentionally delay parts of our build schedule to ensure that we build to the best quality standards for our future homeowners.

So…we are excited to invite you back to build with us for WOMEN BUILD 2.0: a series of build dates next month that will help us ready the Ault and Paz families’ homes for move in!

If you are interested in joining us simply click on the link HERE and select your date(s). The options are:

Saturday, June 3rd – Special Ops Siding                                                              
Wednesday, June 7th – Wall Paint, Interior Door install, Trim
Thursday, June 8th – Wall Paint, Interior Door install, Trim
Wednesday, June 14th – Cabinets, Counter-tops, Hardware
Thursday, June 15th – Touch-up Day

Questions? Contact Cindy at: ec@monroecountyhabitat.org
THANK YOU for truly making our 17th year of Women Build in Monroe County the best yet!

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April 28 – May 13, 2017

*Join us for the dedication of the Ault and Paz families’ homes on Saturday, May 13 at 4:00pm!*

Visit the official site of our 2017 Women Build page HERE to sign up to build or support one of our Women Builders!

Read about this  year’s Women Build families:  The Ault Family and the Paz Family!

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat houses. Women Build works with affiliates to nurture, recruit and train women to build and maintain simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes.

2017 marks 17 years of building new lives for Monroe County families.

All-women volunteer teams come together to swing hammers and raise roofs, and actively work to eliminate poverty housing in Monroe County, Indiana. It takes 325 volunteer builders, about 1600 volunteer hours, and $70,000 for land and materials to complete each home. Women Build is a safe haven for women to practice and excel, no matter what their skill levels. Each builder raises funds to secure a volunteer spot for one day of the build. No experience necessary – REALLY! – and you may sign up to participate on any day you choose. Meet new people and make new friends!

Beginning in 2001, the women of Bloomington and Monroe County joined together to build homes partnership with families in need. The Women Build homes are built in just over a week, and all volunteers are women. Teams of friends, colleagues, and those who just want to make a difference assemble to sponsor each day of the build. Each builder commits to giving or raising a minimum of $250 to assist in sponsoring the home (purchasing land and building materials). When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, the owners pay a mortgage that funds another home until eventually they build a community.

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County Seeking New CEO

  • Are you interested in working for an organization that is a leading provider of housing that is grounded in servant leadership?
  • Do you want to make a difference for individuals that are willing to help themselves but struggle to get started?
  • Are you interested in working with a high performing team of staff, board members, and volunteers?
  • Do you have experience networking and fundraising with multiple venues and backgrounds?

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
Our dynamic organization is in its 29th year serving families and building community both locally and abroad. In addition to building homes—current construction is underway on our 180th house—we also provide educational programs that help end the cycle of poverty. HFHMC has been named an Affiliate of Distinction by Habitat for Humanity International for the sixth consecutive year, a distinction awarded to only the top 1% of affiliates nationwide. The Monroe County affiliate of Habitat has more than 3,000 volunteers and 5,000 donors annually, incredible impact for an organization of our size.

Partnering with a high functioning leadership team, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for stewarding the vision and strategic implementation of HFHMC’s mission. She/he will share our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live and our passion for eliminating poverty housing by providing opportunities for the entire community to share their gifts.

Our next leader is experienced in setting strategic financial direction, is a fearless critical thinker, possesses business acumen, and is a superior communicator. She/he is unflappable in a fast paced environment and values a continuous learning culture.

Successful candidates will be responsible for carrying out:

Our mission:  Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our vision:  A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our principles:

  1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
  2. Focus on shelter.
  3. Advocate for affordable housing.
  4. Promote dignity and hope.
  5. Support sustainable and transformative development.

Who we are:

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through our 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.

Non-proselytizing policy:

Habitat for Humanity and its affiliate organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Qualifications for the position include:

To be qualified for the position, candidates must have a four year degree and five years minimum experience in a strategic leadership and coaching role as well as demonstrated experience with fundraising in multiple venues. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@monroecountyhabitat.org.

Company Description:

In Monroe County, Indiana, where 1 in 5 people are living in poverty, unaffordable housing holds our community back from being a place that families can call “Home.”

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. Habitat homeowners pay interest-free, no-profit mortgages, which are used to build more Habitat houses. Because houses are principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income partners.

Habitat qualifying families are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay the no-interest mortgage and willingness to partner with Habitat by earning 250 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time. Through the work of thousands of volunteers and partner organizations, Habitat does more than build homes. We build community.

Click HERE to read additional details on the CEO opportunity.

CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD – Help CLOSE the GAP!

2017 CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD:  Join us for an experience designed to bring the commUNITY together!

MAY 1 UPDATE:  Now that spring is in the air, we are hoping you will help us CLOSE the GAP!

We are currently 62% of the way towards our fundraising goal.  It’s not too late to be  part of our CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD’s sponsorship of the Diaz family‘s future home!

Make a secure on-line donation HERE to support the CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD!

And, you and your congregation are invited to our Youth UNITY Build Day on Saturday, June 10!

On March 31, April 1 and April 2 volunteers and donors as part of “commUNITY” groups framed-up a home for a hard-working Monroe County family.  The site for UNITY BUILD is:  520 W. Duncan Drive Bloomington, IN 47403.

When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, the owners pay a mortgage that funds another home until eventually they build a commUNITY. There is a limit to how many people can build a Habitat house, but there is no limit to how many people can contribute to the building.

The Bahá’í Faith of Bloomington, Congregation Beth Shalom, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Church, the IU Interfaith Coalition (Muslim Student Association, Christian Student Fellowship, UKirk, Hillel, Project IMPACT, and Indian Student Association), St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Center and Unitarian Universalist Church have all been instrumental in pulling together our UNITY Build.

Check out this link to find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Read our story on Unitarian Universalist Church member and long-time Habitat supporter Barb Berggoetz here.

For information on our February 24 Harmony Music Fest click here.

 

Our future homeowners thank you for your generosity!

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Indiana University Chapter to Host 5K Fundraiser on May 1

When: May 1 at 7:00pm (rescheduled from Saturday due to rain)

Where: Registration/Check-in at Dunn Meadow (Look for the Headquaters Tent)

Register HERE on the IU Chapter’s Google Form

RSVP on the Facebook event here! (And share with your friends…)

Race Route:

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HFHMC Receives Multiple Awards at the Habitat Global Conference

At the Habitat Global Conference in Atlanta on March 25-March 28, our affiliate won several notable awards.

For the third consecutive time, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County was recognized as an “Affiliate of Distinction” by Habitat for Humanity International. This honor places us in the top 1% of affiliates nationwide.

In addition, we were honored to receive the Sam Mompongo Award for $1 million in lifetime tithe contributions. Our affiliate is proud to contribute to Habitat’s global ministry by supporting the building of homes in El Salvador and Uganda.

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ReStore’s Largest Donation in History

Habitat ReStore is incredibly grateful to the IMU Biddle Hotel for the largest donation in our history!

ReStore shoppers do all sorts of incredible things with their purchases. The Habitat ReStore is another way Habitat serves families by providing an affordable home improvement option.

Read about the donation in Inside IU Bloomington’s January 11 article here.

Learn more from Michael Reschke’s front page article in the Herald Times on January 25.

From the recent press release out of the IMU’s marketing department:

This winter the IMU Biddle Hotel began an extensive renovation. Not only will all 189 rooms be renovated with new electric, plumbing, wallpaper and new furniture but a new roof to the hotel will also be installed.  This is the biggest renovation for the hotel since 1994.

The quaint furniture, so long at home in the hotel, must be removed first. Mike Campbell, associate director of the IMU, said the furniture was “a little dated for the hotel, but still in good condition.” Realizing that trying to sell the furniture would result in more work than it was worth, the IMU decided to work with local non-profits and donate the used furniture.

The used hotel furniture became a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The donation is so large that the moving process has been broken down into five different sessions, each about two weeks apart. Allison Hess, marketing director of the regional Habitat office, said, “This is the largest donation our ReStore has ever seen.”

An earlier attempt to renovate the hotel and donate the furniture in 2015 fell through, because the process of moving the furniture out of the IMU would have been too costly. Habitat for Humanity, working with Soft Touch Moving & Storage Co., agreed to move the furniture at no cost to the IMU. “It’s a trade off,” Campbell said, “And it’s a great way to work with the community.”

The first two floors of the hotel have already been cleared of furniture, and are now being sold to people at the Habitat ReStore. Marc Papier, manager of the Monroe County Habitat ReStore, said, “The first rounds of furniture received has been really selling. People have been waiting for these donations to arrive.”

The proceeds of the furniture donated to Habitat will go towards building new houses for local families in need of shelter.

The hotel amenities donated include, but are not limited to: 178 desks with the same number of padded desk chairs, 180 framed mirrors, 116 nightstands, 96 armoires and 256 headboards.

Buy Tickets for BHSN’s Evening for Habitat HERE!

 

Tickets for Bloomington High School North’s Evening for Habitat are available for purchase HERE!

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The Bloomington High School North student chapter of Habitat has sponsored 16 homes for deserving families in Monroe County over the past 16 years. Currently, the intrepid students at BHSN are working hard building alongside future homeowners the Rodriguez family, whose home is set to be dedicated this spring.

Our BHSN chapter organizes a number of fundraisers throughout the year. The largest of these is the annual Evening for Habitat dinner and auction which will once again be held on Thursday, February 16th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Bloomington Convention Center. Funds raised will go directly to help build North’s 17th home in 17 years, supporting Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

About our Bloomington High School North Chapter:

The Bloomington High School North chapter was founded in 1998 by students and received official independent campus chapter status in 2000. The chapter works in partnership with our Habitat affiliate. Monroe County has some of the most expensive housing units in the state, lending additional urgency to the mission. All the money raised by the chapter goes toward building houses. The advisors of the BHSN chapter are Geoff Aiken, Don Adams, Ella Madison and Cassie Soller.

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It’s Not Too Late to Donate in 2016!

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2016 is drawing to a close.  But you still have time to contribute to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s goals in 2016 and receive full tax-deductible benefits for the year!

We’ve had an incredibly successful 2016 thanks to the unwavering support of our community.  But, there is still much to be done for the 19 families who are working on their “sweat equity” hours and waiting for the opportunity to buy their home from Habitat.  These future homeowners look forward to the stability that homeowners like Kelly Saunders, Freddy Perez, Michelle Tellis and their families have found thanks to your generosity.

You can make your credit card payment NOW through our website!

Thank you for your support of our mission to end poverty housing.

We wish you Happy Holidays, and a safe and joyful New Year.

 

2015-2016 Annual Report Available

Fender 1358webThe 2015-2016 Annual Report for Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is now available for viewing online.

Click here to read the online version or visit the News and Media page.

We are thankful to all our donors and strive to accurately report their generosity. If the reporting of your name or giving level does not match your expectations, please let us know by calling 812-331-4069 or emailing habitat@monroecountyhabitat.org. Sometimes gifts given through other agencies do not arrive in the intended fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

View our donor list for fiscal year 2015-2016.

Special thanks to PR committee members:  Carey Blackmore, Linda Stephenson and Angela Tharp for their hard work on this year’s report!