Three Volunteers Plan Bike and Build Summer
Three Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity volunteers, friends from the University of Michigan, will bike across the United States this summer in a mission to end substandard housing. Kalamazoo area native Logan Weidman, Shane DeMeulenaere, Niles, MI, and Nathan Heidt, Cincinnati, OH, will travel and serve through Bike and Build, an organization which partners with affordable housing organizations to empower young adults to take action in their communities.
Kalamazoo Volunteers Join National Women Build Week Effort
In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of women volunteers will be pounding nails and putting up siding at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 4-12. More than 60 Women Build volunteers will join Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity to spend one day on a Habitat for Humanity construction site during the event starting May 4.
Eaton Charitable Fund $7,500 Grant Supports Habitat Restore
The Eaton Charitable Fund’s recent $7,500 grant to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity supports the organization’s home improvement thrift store, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1810 Lake St., Kalamazoo. The funds helped the Habitat ReStore replace the truck it uses to pick up large donations from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Habitat sells the donated items to the public at the store to raise funds to build Habitat homes in the community.
Lowe’s How-To Clinics prepare Habitat for Humanity Volunteers for Women Build Event
KALAMAZOO, MICH— Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build project is coming to Kalamazoo this spring to build a home in partnership with a local Kalamazoo family. To help volunteers get a jump-start on their building skills, Lowe’s, underwriter of Women Build, is hosting How-To Clinics in April at its Portage store.
DEDICATION SALUTES WOMEN BUILD PARTNERS
A local family dedicated their new Habitat for Humanity home on Sunday, March 17 at 112 Cherry Hill Street, Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (KVHH) family partners and volunteers contributed more than 4,000 hours to build this new home. It was the site for the May 2012 Women Build project as well.
WMU Students Lead Habitat for Humanity Global Village Trip to Nicaragua
KALAMAZOO, MICH. – A team of 12 Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (KVHH) volunteers, including 7 students from the Western Michigan University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, traveled to Nicaragua, March 1-11 on a Habitat for Humanity International Global Village Trip. The team spent the first week of March working side by side with home buyer partner families, volunteers, and staff of Hábitat para la Humanidad Nicaragua in San Cayetano, near Masachapa, Nicaragua on the Central American country’s Pacific coast.
WMU Fraternity Camps Out to Raise Funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
Members of Western Michigan University’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity camped out for 48 consecutive hours and raised just over $2,220 for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, February 19-21. Members of Western Michigan University’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity braved the weather and camped out for 48 consecutive chilly hours to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, February 19-21.
DEFENDER Direct Gives Funds and Volunteers to KVHH
Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity recently received $1,000 and volunteer support from DEFENDER Direct and its employees as part of the company’s annual Service Challenge.
In its second year, Indianapolis-based DEFENDER Direct encourages it employees to develop teams, identify a deserving charity and conduct a half or full-day community service project benefiting that charity. Each team then submits a project description and video to the company’s Giving Council. An executive team identifies those teams whose charities will receive a monetary donation above and beyond the volunteer support already provided.
Sunday Dedication Honored Fast Built Partners
A local family dedicated their new Habitat for Humanity home on Sunday, December 9 at 923 Fairbanks Avenue, Kalamazoo. This 20th Annual Fast Built House was completed by volunteers from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo on September 20 and 21 working in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity and the home buyer partner family.
Consumers Energy Foundation Presents $125,000 Grant
Consumers Energy Foundation officials presented a $125,000 matching grant to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, Tuesday, October 23. The grant, which is matched by a local funder, will provide part of the start-up funding for Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization initiative.
Build Your Team: Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
More and more organizations are leaving the workplace and the classroom to build leadership and team skills on Habitat for Humanity worksites. Hands-on activities in a new environment help employees get to know each other better while providing service to the community. And, it’s fun!