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From Jeff Dee, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Maryland, Inc.

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Volunteer Recognition 2019

Our annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards event was held recently.  Every year, over 4,000 unique volunteers donate time on the construction site, in one of our ReStores, or  on a committee.  The great thing about our society and our local community is that so many wonderful people take the time to help.

Volunteers serve on various committees including our Annual Affordable Housing Benefit Breakfast, Family Services, Faith, Finance, Golf, Polo (yes Polo, but you don’t have to play), ReStore and Women Build.

Over 34,000 hours were contributed, and all of these efforts saved Habitat for Humanity in excess of $871,000 in Fiscal Year 2019.

Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards recognized volunteers for extraordinary service and commitment to the mission and work of Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland.

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The R. Glynn Mays Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Mimi Brodsky Kress for outstanding volunteer service to Habitat.  Mimi is the co-owner and COO of Sandy Spring Builders.

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The Harry & Lutie Semmes Award honored Robyn Motley for outstanding performance by a member of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.  Robyn is the Senior Vice President of Revenue Optimization and General Manager for AARP Media.

Check out the full program for bios and award recipients.

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For more information about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, please visit our website at www.habitatmm.org

 

AmeriCorps Week

Do you know anyone who served as a member of AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps members play a vital role in contributing to the mission of creating affordable housing and responding to disaster relief in many parts of the U.S.  Many members volunteer on Habitat construction sites and in Habitat offices for one to two years, then go on to continue their education or are hired by nonprofit or for profit corporations.

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AmeriCorps is a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting the critical needs in the community.”  www.nationalservice.gov

The AmeriCorps program is often seen as a domestic Peace Corps. It employs more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year for a small stipend.  Habitat affiliates alone have hosted more than 10,600 members to date that have provided more than 17 million hours of service, engaged 3.9 million volunteers, and served 115,500 families.  These members play a critical role in increasing the capacity of non-profits to serve more families across the country.

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We celebrate and thank those who have served with our affiliate over the years.

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Women Build Launch Party

Last Wednesday, I had the great pleasure of attending the Women Build Launch Party hosted by Mimi Kress in the beautiful showroom of Sandy Spring Builders.  Nearly 100 women (and a few men) joined together to celebrate the launch of our annual campaign to build affordable homes in our community.

Since 1991, Women Build volunteers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities.

Though our neighborhoods are comprised largely of women and children, they are also the population most likely to be affected by poor living conditions.  Our Women Build teams provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities and help families achieve affordable home ownership.

Women Build opportunities are available for any woman who wants to learn how to build and construct a home.  No experience is necessary.  Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and also alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners.

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Our goal this year is to recruit 36 teams (10 women on a team) and raise $200,000.  Currently, 46 teams are registered, so we are confident we will achieve our goal.  See the Women Build Flyer here  if you would like more information on forming a team or joining an existing team, or being a corporate sponsor.

Thank you to our corporate and faith sponsors for this year’s Women Build!

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2018: Year in Review

We are excited to announce that 2018 was a record year for HFHMM. Last year we finished 78 projects and served more than 100 residents!

  • 4 Rehabilitations of vacant, distressed, properties
  • 26 Critical Home Repairs, including 20 HVAC replacements
  • 28 Weatherizations

In 2018, HFHMM invested more than $1.4M in our community and provided more than $1M in 0% interest mortgages to income qualified families.

We were also able to launch an Aging in Place program that connects seniors with Habitat, an Occupational Therapist, and a Registered Nurse to help them successfully stay in their homes.  Moreover, we were selected as an administrator of the Montgomery County Homeowner Energy Efficiency Program designed to help low-income homeowners reduce their energy bills.

The incredible Women Build supporters continued to exceed our expectations and sent 32 teams of 10 women to help finish two of our rehab homes and collectively they raised $176,000 towards our mission.

We are grateful to the nearly 4,500 volunteers who contribute to the success of our mission, and to our board of directors for providing great governance and support. In 2018, these volunteers donated more than 32,000 hours of serving, helping save the organization more than $770,000 in labor costs.

As we enter into our 37th year in business, we are very excited about the opportunity to serve more residents with affordable workforce housing, as well as, repairs and weatherization of owner-occupied homes mostly for older adults and veterans.  Stay tuned to for posts about the many exciting plans for 2019.

To learn more about our last fiscal year, click here to read our FY18 annual report.

Help Your Community – Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Are you looking for a rewarding/refreshing experience?  Why not become a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity – Montgomery County, MD.  We are always looking for volunteers for the cause, not just for one day builds.  Here are some opportunities for you to volunteer with HFH-MC:

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Please check out the upcoming events to see where and when you can volunteer. If you aren’t sure in what capacity you would like to volunteer with HFH-MC, we have a monthly optional volunteer information session where we share with you the many ways to volunteer with Habitat, including construction.  The meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at noon and the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7pm at our office in Gaithersburg, unless otherwise noted.

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HFH-MC Volunteer Fun Facts

  • More than 80% of all volunteer hours in 2012 were in volunteering in ReStore.
  • Habitat ReStore is almost entirely volunteer run.
  • Volunteers logged in over 19,860 hours in 2012.

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Extraordinary Volunteers

National Volunteer Week was April 21-27 this year, and I would like to say thank you to all who have donated your time, skills and resources this year at Habitat for Humanity – Montgomery County, MD and at the ReStore.  We wouldn’t be able to touch as many lives in our community without your continued help.

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