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.
If you know of someone who might benefit from Habitat's program, please click here for more information, and urge them to
to begin their dream of homeownership!
The slide show on the left includes photos taken of the Benson home in September. The slideshow on the right includes photos taken of the Van Vleck home in September. Considerable progress was made on both homes when the Global Village Team was with us (July 21-25). The photos taken during that week are merged in the slide show below.
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 VanderEls, 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 continue to put on the exterior wall insulation and sheathing on the second floor. We will continue to put the sheathing on the roof over the end room.
|September 24||Van Vleck Home||Weather permitting, we can install windows or begin insulating the interior walls.|
We will continue insulating the exterior walls and, once all the sheathing is in place, we will put on the house wrap.
|September 27||Van Vleck Home||Whether permitting, we can begin to install the siding.|
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.
|Global Village||During the week of July 21-July 25, we welcomed a Global Village Team of 12 who took a vacation with a difference and helped us build the Benson and Van Vleck homes. They built every day and a lot was accomplished.|
|September 24, 2014||Win Hoyt Golf Tournament - to benefit both the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce and Habitat's work in Bennington County.|
|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.|
This was our first Brush with Kindness project for 2014. Curt designed the ramp, and was joined by Jim White, Barth Vander Els, and Dave Low. The ramp was built for a person who lives in Bennington. In late August, we will help another family by building yet another wheelchair ramp.
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 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.