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.
The Hunter Challenge - an incredibly generous opportunity! The James and Irene Hunter Trust has offered us a special challenge through December 31, 2014. All gifts from individuals will be matched 2 to 1 if they are received by the end of this calendar year. In addition, pledges of support for 2015, 2016, and 2017, will also be matched 2 to 1, if a signed pledge form is received before December 31, 2014. Please join us by helping us to take maximum advantage of this incredible opportunity, that will enable us to help more people in our community in need of safe, sufficient, and decent housing! Click for a pledge form.
The slide show on the left includes photos taken of the Benson home in October. The slideshow on the right includes photos taken of the Van Vleck home in October. You can see photos of the build for previous months by going to Benson Home or Van Vleck Home.
You can see photos of the construction of the most recent homes, start to finish, by going to the Photo Gallery and clicking on the Completed homes. You can order any of the photos by double clicking on the photo you want. It will take you to the Picasa site where you can order your photos.
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!
We will insulate and seal the box sills in the basement, and will put up the starter strips for the siding.
|October 29||Van Vleck Home||We will continue to put on the siding, will work on the deck and finish the Sheetrock.|
We will start to insulate the walls and will begin the siding.
|November 1||Van Vleck Home||We will start painting the baseboard.|
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.
Are you a Habitat volunteer? Do you enjoy the theater? If you answered YES to both questions, you are eligible for a free ticket to see one of this summer's shows. Call the box office - 802-867-2223 and tell them that you would like to attend a show. If you attend with someone who is not a volunteer, your guest will need to pay full price.
Click to learn more about the shows - dates and times. We are most grateful to the Dorset Theater Festival for honoroing our volunteers and their commitment to the community in this special way.
|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.
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.
The 23rd Annual Win Hoyt Golf Tournament - was held on Wednesday, September 23rd, a glorious early fall day! Over 80 golfers had a great time, all the time knowing the proceeds would support the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity's work in Bennington County. We are most appreciative of the corporate sponsors and for all the golfers who played. The Manchester Country Club staff, led by golf pro Michael Hargar, rolled out the red carpet. The Chamber of Commerce Staff, led by Berta Maginness, did an incredible job organizing the event and ordered a spectacular fall day!
We are grateful to Casella Waste Management for sponsoring the Win Hoyt Golf Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and for all the businesses that sponsored holes and for everyone who played in the tournament.
The photos below capture some of the fun. You can double click to enlarge any of the photos or to order them.
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 Fridays: 11-4, Saturdays: 9-4, and Sundays: 1-4.
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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 have helped.
Jim Comar, Manager of the Bank of Bennington, gave us a model of James Bond's 1958 Aston Martin DB2-4 Mark III car. James Bond drove an Aston Martin DB Mark III in the novel version of Goldfinger, though it is referred to as a "DB III" in the book – indeed, the chapter in which he drives to his famous golf-course encounter with the villain is entitled 'Thoughts in a DB III'. It is the only Bond car in the Ian Fleming novels to have gadgets installed. For the film adaptation five years later, the car was updated to the Aston Martin DB5 model and the array of gadgetry was much expanded. It was to become one of the most iconic of classic cars as a result. This is a valuable collector's item.
Raffle tickets are $1 each or 3 tickets for $2. The original cost of this model was $125.