Join us at California Pizza Kitchen for a flavorful FUNdraising event!
Just bring in this flyer, present it to your server, and 20% of your check will be donated to Durham Habitat. Purchases include dine-in, take-out, catering and all beverages.
Durham Habitat recently kicked off a new Stewards Fund Challenge Grant: a $200,000 one-to-one challenge to support the acquisition of future Habitat home sites in Durham’s inner city neighborhoods.
"One of our biggest obstacles to serving more Durham families is land," said Blake Strayhorn, Durham Habitat's executive director. "If we had more land, we could serve more families."
The Stewards Fund's goal is to raise $200,000 in either new gifts, increased donations by current donors, or gifts from those who have not given in the last twelve months. Donations made between Nov 20, 2013 - May 31, 2014 will be matched dollar-for-dollar if the challenge goal is met.
Durham Habitat has identified more than 100 properties - vacant lots or boarded up houses in Durham’s inner city neighborhoods - which are considered suitable for future Habitat homes.
"Habitat transforms the lives of the Habitat homeowner families and helps revitalize the neighborhood," says Strayhorn, who cited the Building Community video as evidence of the organization's impact. "Please consider making a gift today!"
How to donate:
- Send a check to Durham Habitat at 215 North Church Street Durham, NC 27701. On the memo line write Stewards Fund Land Challenge.
- On-line. In the notes section, please write Stewards Fund Land Challenge.
- Call or email Roxanne Hall Little or 919-698-3910 for more information
- Call or email Blake Strayhorn or 919-219-4343 for more information
HABITAT HOLIDAY CARDS
Not enough hours to do your holiday cards? Want to help families in need? Habitat is here to help! Let us be your holiday elves.
For a donation of $10 per card, Habitat will personalize, address and send this original card designed by Durham-raised folk artist Sam Ezzel. Sam captures the beauty of the Rufus family's rehabbed Habitat home which was completed in January 2013.
Click here for the order form.
HOLIDAY TOOLS: THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
Currently we have six homes under construction and three or more critical home repairs taking place each month. With so many active construction and repair sites, tools and supplies are scarce. A tool for Habitat is a gift that keeps on giving!
Consider donating a new or gently used tool to Habitat! Click here for Habitat's tool wish list. Tools can be delivered to the Habitat office, located at 215 N. Church Street in downtown Durham. Contact David to set up a delivery.
We're proud to be one of 28 area non-profits selected for the Triangle's first ever Give!Guide. The Give!Guide’s mission is to motivate giving from all people and from all corners, but especially from locals ages 18-35.
We're already off to a great start thanks to The Happy Tooth, who will match our first $2,500 in donations. Consider supporting Durham Habitat through the Give!Guide on BIG Giving Days to be entered to win big prizes.
THE GIVING TREE
Join us at The Giving Tree located in the center court of The Streets at Southpoint (by Santa). We'll be sharing Habitat information and providing the opportunity for mall patrons to make Habitat donations this Holiday season.
Volunteers are needed to staff the Giving Tree table Friday, Nov. 29 thru Sunday, Jan. 5 during all mall hours. Sign up multiple times for as many hours on as many days as you are able. This is a great volunteer opportunity for groups and children of all ages. Click here to sign up for shifts or contact Rebecca with questions.
BREW UP A SPECIAL HOLIDAY BLEND
Joe Van Gogh is teaming up with Habitat again this year to offer Home for the Holidays, a special organic holiday coffee blend. A percentage of sales per bag is donated to Durham Habitat.
Visit Whole Foods in Durham, local Joe Van Gogh coffee shops, or go online to purchase yours today
I wanted to get the low-down on the deconstruction industry, so I tagged along with Christian Pikaart for a day. Christian runs Habitat for Humanity of Durham County’s deconstruction program. He was working at a house in Chapel Hill, removing hard wood flooring, cabinets, doors, and a few other items that he thought would sell well at Habitat’s ReStore.
He gave me a crowbar and hammer and showed me how to use the tools to pop the floor boards up without breaking them. It takes a little finesse since flooring is tongue-and-groove, and people don’t usually build things to be un-built.
Along with five or six volunteers, I spent the day prying up the flooring and tossing it into a pile. Christian told me he would have the next crew take out the nails and bundle the flooring for sale at Habitat’s ReStore.
Deconstruction isn’t the default option, yet. Surprisingly, earning tax credits, reducing expenses on tipping fees, and saving perfectly useful materials isn’t something people think about when they remodel or demolish a house. The construction industry is still dominated by the idea that old building materials can only be trash.
When he isn’t salvaging materials, Christian is trying to drum up more business: he calls contractors, speaks at industry association meetings, and tries to spread the word on deconstruction. Since salvage is an idea that’s always been around, you would think more people would be on board, already.
So far, Christian is able to make the deconstruction program work on the strength of his volunteers and Habitat’s name. Deconstruction is labor intensive, but does not always require a lot of skill. Volunteers can quickly be trained to take the nails out of boards. Habitat for Humanity has a well- established network of ReStores where salvaged items can be sold. The organization’s non-profit status also helps to encourage potential donors to consider deconstruction. Not only do donors receive a tax credit for items that can be salvaged, they also contribute to building affordable housing.
Armed with hard hats, tools and ladders we descended on a home in Durham ready to do some demolition! Our roller derby wrecking crew tore down siding, busted up beams and hauled bricks in the name of restoring the house for it’s new deserving Habitat homeowner.
After a few hours of putting in some serious sweat equity , we had the house torn down and ready for reconstruction.
Though it was hot and the labor was intense, skaters left with smiles on their dirty faces not just because we got to break stuff, but because we played a part in giving back to the community that supports us.
“This was my first 5k and I don’t think it could have been any better. I am lucky to have a firm where community and social service events are taken so seriously and are so well-attended. Everyone seemed to enjoy the night - a great event for a great cause.”
Those were the words of Michael Shepherd, an attorney at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin who helped sponsor the Habitat for Humanity’s “Bull Moon Ride and Run.”
The Bull Moon Ride and Run is an annual nighttime fundraising event for the Habitat for Humanity. Participants can choose from the 12 mile bike ride or a 5k run/walk, but whichever path they choose ends at a party featuring live music, performers, food and beer.
This year, Habitat for Humanity’s goal for the event was to raise $50,000, which they met and surpassed according to their event website.
According to event organizer, Tammy Dorfman, all of the fundraising teams received a matching challenge from a local private foundation and all of their donations will be matched dollar for dollar.
“We were so excited that James Scott Farrin came on board this way,” said Dorfman. “We ended up with close to 1287 participants and around 150 volunteers, in spite of the rain. This was our biggest participation to date and the total amount raised was around $75,000.”
According to Attorney and Shareholder Tara Williams, who oversees the firm’s Social Services Committee, the firm had more than 15 participants in the races and several more joined for the festivities.
“One of our firm’s goals for this year is to encourage and promote employee wellness,” said Williams. “It’s just a win-win when we can do that and support such a worthy local charity. We have been longtime admirers of the work the Habitat for Humanity does.”
To donate to the Habitat for Humanity ministry, visit: http://www.durhamhabitat.org/donate.
The League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham (LUEWWD - pronounced “lewd”) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Durham on Sept. 7 to raise funds toward its 2013 Women Build. The Women Build program empowers women to better their community and be leaders on the construction site by building a home in partnership with a hardworking family.
The event, LUEWWD IX: Nailin’ It!, will take place at the Casbah at 1007 W Main St. It will feature eight new wrestlers, including Big Mama Mayhem, Guillo Tina, Reba the Wrench, Sabrina Zero and Work It Out Barbie. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for pre-game activities, featuring the LIV’s food truck, cornhole, and Sam Adams products. General admission costs $5 and VIP tickets cost $25. The event is sponsored by The Boston Beer Company, The Casbah, Phunco, and MAYDNEW DJ & Event Planning.
Habitat for Humanity of Durham staff and volunteers, and LUEWWD volunteers will bring both fundraising strength and physical strength to the project. The groundbreaking date will be set soon for a home to be built on Lutz Lane in a small Habitat community in east Durham. Lutz Lane was named in honor of the organization’s co-founder Worth Lutz. In June, Habitat for Humanity of Durham was one of 18 residential building companies to be named a National Green Building Standard Green Partner.
If you are interested in donating to, volunteering for, or attending, this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we start Habitat's 300th home in Durham this summer, we're very proud of the impact Habitat has made building homes, hope and community in Durham. And we're proud to be stewards of the rich legacy built by Durham Habitat's early founders led by Worth Lutz.
Buying a Habitat home transforms the lives of Habitat homeowners, and it also transforms their children's lives by helping an entire family break the cycle of poverty. Habitat's early leaders recognized this impact and it drove their commitment to our mission.
Worth Lutz remains very committed to Durham Habitat, and he shares talents beyond construction. Worth hand carves beautiful rocking chairs from black walnut, using a design he learned directly from artist Sam Maloof, whose work is owned by Presidents and has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.
Worth recently donated one of his rocking chairs to Habitat to raise the sponsorship for our 300th home through a raffle. Each ticket costs $500, and only 20 tickets remain. We will raffle the chair to a lucky winner when we kick-off the home later this summer.
Rocking chairs evoke fond memories of families and neighbors sitting on a porch -- memories of community. Rocking chairs are also a symbol that connects us to our roots as an organization.