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 Van Vleck home in August. The slideshow on the right includes photos taken of the Benson home in August. 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.
We are very grateful to the Global Village Team of 12 people who took a vacation to make a difference. They chose to come to Vermont to help us build the homes for the Benson and Van Vleck families. The slideshow below provides a glimpse of some of the great work that they did.
Many Vermonters helped roll out the Green Carpet welcome to our guests of honor. Many congregations provides dinner, lunches, snacks, many of our core volunteers volunteered to work with the team, and they got to see area attractions, including Hildene, the Dorset Quarry, and the swimming hole under the covered bridge in Arlington.
Construction Objective 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 put the decking on the second floor and then will build the exterior walls for the second floor. We will continue to put on the exterior wall insulation.
|August 30||Van Vleck Home||
We will begin putting on the insulation and sheathing for the exterior walls.
We will continue to build the exterior and interior walls for the second floor.
|September 3||Van Vleck Home||We will continue putting on the insulation and sheathing for the exterior walls.|
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 purchsed 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 VanderEls, 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.
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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 drocw 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.