There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless. That equates to one out of every four people on our planet. Habitat builds because we believe this is unacceptable and that every person can make a real difference. Please join us and encourage your friends to help us BUILD more homes, communities, and hope throughout the world and in our community.
We are thankful to everyone whose support of Habitat for Humanity's mission of building a world where everyone has a decent place to live has supported our work over the year . We are most grateful for the generous support we have receive and commitment of our volunteers to serving families locally and abroad.
We were especially pleased that two members of our coure building team, Carl Mohlenhoff and Fred Hilliard, were chosen by the Manchester Board of Selectmen to receive Manchester's Unsung Hero Award.
Unsung Heroes" Honored at Select Board Meeting - The Manchester Select Board hosted the 2014 Unsung Hero Award this week to a group of Manchester area residents who have made a noticeable difference in the community.
After the names of the 64 past recipients of the award were read from a plaque that hangs in the Kilburn Meeting Room of Town Hall, the five current recipients — Bill and Becky Burke, Robert W. Thompson, Carl Mohlenhoff and Fred Hilliard — were presented with the town's Unsung Hero Award.
"These Heroes are the people who work quietly, often behind the scenes," said Bell. "The people our community counts on to make happen all the ideas that spawn the events that make these valley and mountain towns such wonderful places to live and raise families."
The Unsung Hero Award is a community service award that began 25 years ago in 1989. Each year the Manchester Select Board Citizen Recognition Committee accepts nominations from townspeople who have worthy candidates in mind, and then chooses those they felt best exemplify selfless community service. This number can vary from one to five people.
"'Winston Churchill said "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,' quoted Bell." Tonight we honor people who have made all of our lives better by what they have given; people who have quietly contributed to the quality and fabric of Manchester."
Of Carl Mohlenhoff and Fred Hilliard, much was revealed about their extensive work for Habitat For Humanity in this region, as well as their work at the Equinox Nursery's "Plant a Row for the Hungry" initiative. The quiet and unassuming nature of each recipient was stressed, with the "behind-the-scenes" mentality of the five winners being reinforced.
Fred Hilliard, for instance, did not even know that such an award existed. To his surprise he received a letter in the mail two weeks prior to the award ceremony. "It feels good," said Hilliard of his award. "And it was surprising! It makes me proud of the work I'm doing. We're already thinking about next year, what we're going to do to improve the farm a bit. With Habitat for Humanity, we'll just keep doing one house after another."
The slide show on the left includes photos taken of the Benson home in December. The slideshow on the right includes photos taken of the Van Vleck home on December 14th, the day that the Van Vleck home was dedicated. Photos of both builds for previous months can be seen by going to Benson Home or Van Vleck Home.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014 our Jennifer Lane homeowners organized a gathering to honor and thank our core builders. Each family made food and Randy Lewis cooked hot dogs and hamburgers. A special cake was made for the occasion. Dick Malley welcomed and thank everyone for coming. He explained that the idea for hosting such an occasion was intended to honor one of our most devoted and skilled volunteers, Noble Levesque, who passed away several years ago. The first person to be honored was Barth Vander Els, and dear friend of Noble's and a devoted Habitat volunteer. The Board of Directors decided this year to celebrated to contributions of our core builders.
Over 472 different people contributed at least 4 hours to building on site or with our Brush with Kindness program over the past four years for a total of 13,482 hours. We could not invite everyone, so we invited everyone who had contributed 50 or more hours. We did not count the sweat equity hours contributed by homeowners. Thirty-one volunteers, our core volunteers, contributed 9,500.49 total hours. Two people who contributed the most hours; Charlie Stewart 972.5 and John Cilio 1,015.5.
Construction Objectives and Schedule
We build for the benefit of our homeowners and our environment. A primary goal is to provide healthy living conditions and reduce monthly and life-cycle costs.
Come build with us and learn about the materials and construction techniques we use!
|LOCATION||CONSTRUCTION PLAN - Holiday Schedule - we will work on Tuesdays, not Wednesdays, over the holidays! Tuesday and Saturday, the 20th and Wednesday the 23d and Tuesday the 30th and Saturday the 3rd. We will NOT build on Saturday the 27th.|
Weather permitting we will work on the exterior decks and siding. We will begin working on the extension jambs.
|December 27||Benson Home||WE WILL NOT BUILD ON THE 27TH!|
|December 30||Benson Home||We will prime the interior walls and will finish installing the extension jambs.|
The construction schedule will be updated each week. Please understand that the schedule is our best estimate of what we will be able to accomplish on any given day. The availability of volunteers, materials, and the weather all have an impact on what can be done.
|Annual Meeting||Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 5:30 to 7:30 - please plan to join us for our annual pot luck dinner at the East Arlington Federated Church. We will celebrate our accomplishments of the past year and will share our goals and plans for 2015.|
|We are planning now for construction on land that we purchased in Pownal!||Construction to begin in 2015! See photos here! Let us know (367-1000) if you are interested in helping.|
These photos were taken of several Brush with Kindness projects that we took on in 2014. Curt Merrow designed the ramps, and was joined by Jim White, Barth Vander Els, Mari Bennett, and Dave Low. The ramps were built for Bennington residents. As of November 2014, we have completed 14 ABWK projects for 12 families. Two were for the same household. "A big thanks to you and all the greqt crew of workers that built the ramp for my husband." Terry Brunina
If you know of someone in the southern part of Bennington County whose home could benefit from a small repair making their home safer and more affordable, please call 802-367-1000.
Visit Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity's ReSale Store for items to help fix up your home! Your Shires ReSale Store is a great place to shop and/or donate. All donations and proceeds are used towards improving the lives of families in our community.
Store Hours - We are open on Thursdays 11-4, Fridays: 11-4, and Saturdays: 10-4. It is not too early to find something for the special people in your life for the holidays! You can call the store during store hours at 802-362-0964.
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Cliff and Charlie built a new stairway to the basement to make it safer to go up and downstairs and to open up a first floor display area. They did a great job. Jim and Keld helped.