September Newsletter: Step Into Fall with Durham Habitat


Step into Fall with Durham Habitat!  News and updates, including upcoming events, in our newsletter below:

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Welcome to fall with Durham Habitat!
As youth in Durham head back to school, we are humbled to remember the more than 975 children impacted by Durham Habitat over the last 30+ years. Picture above are the children of volunteers, sponsors, and future homeowners working side-by-side during a recent Youth Build Saturday... one of the new and growing programs at Durham Habitat.
Lots of news to share as we launch into fall!  Below, you can watch our new video "Be a cornerstone"which was produced by interns from Trailblazer Studios, who generously donated their time and talent this summer (thank you!). Be sure to check our upcoming events list, and while you're on Facebook, tag yourself in the Bull Moon Ride and Run photos!
We also have a short feature about Durham Habitat's selection as the Triangle's Bank of America "Neighborhood Builder" for 2017-18 - we are grateful to be a part of this innovative program. Thank you Bank of America for your partnership and support.
Thanks for building community with Durham Habitat this fall!
Be a cornerstone with Durham Habitat
What did you do on your summer vacation? At Durham Habitat, we were busy building homes, hope and community all over the Bull City. "Be a cornerstone" captures some great moments from our work this summer and invites us all to get involved and become an advocate for affordable housing in our community. Enjoy, and share with a friend.   
Re-live the magic of our 2018 Home Builders Blitz (where we built three homes in one week) -  watch our time-lapse video from June and experience the whole week in just three minutes.
Need a Team Building Opportunity this Fall?  Build a Habitat Playhouse!
Looking for a fun, hands-on, one-day team building opportunity for your work or organization? Look no further than Durham Habitat. Come out and build a playhouse start-to-finish in one day, and have your organization featured on the DPAC lawn in our annual "Home for the Holidays" auction this December,  which supports Durham Habitat. Contact Jenn McFarland for more information.
Step into fall: eat, drink, and support Durham Habitat!
There are lots of fun ways to support Durham Habitat this fall, even if you're not swinging a hammer (DISCLAIMER: power tools and Octoberfest don't mix). Here are a few upcoming dates to save... with event proceeds benefiting Durham Habitat. Make September 22nd a Habitat Day!
2018 TMLA Pig Pickin' to benefit Durham Habitat
  • Thurs, Sept 20, 4-6 pm
Bull City Charity Auction at Durty Bull Brewing
  • Sat, Sept 22, 1-4 pm
Octoberfest at Bull City Burger & Brewery
  • Sat, Sept 22, 3-10 pm
RUN Bull City this fall!
So, if you had fun at Habitat's Bull Moon Ride and Run in August (see all the photos on ourFacebook page), register today for the Bull City Race Fest! The race is on Sunday, October 21st, and it includes a half marathon, 5 miler, and family-friendly 1 mile run. Also, there's a fantastic Food Truck Rodeo and Octoberfest Beer Garden at the finish festival - not to be missed!
Be sure to use the code "HABITAT5" when you register to save $5 off registration and $5 will be donated to Durham Habitat. If you'd like to volunteer, Habitat receives a $30 donation for every volunteer at the race!  Click here to sign up as a volunteer.
 Durham Habitat Selected as Triangle's
Bank of America "Neighborhood Builder"
Durham Habitat was honored to be selected as the Triangle's Bank of America Neighborhood Builder for 2017-18.Neighborhood Builders is an initiative by Bank of America intended to build cross-sector partnerships to advance economic and social progress as part of responsible growth. This national award is a recognition of Durham Habitat's work in and for the Durham community.
 Here is a link to a great conversation between Durham Habitat Executive Director Blake Strayhorn and Bank of America Market President for the Triangle Region Kari Stoltz.
Durham Habitat is grateful for the opportunity to engage in this powerful program. Thank you Bank of America for your partnership and support.
Serve with Habitat
AmeriCorps provides a meaningful year-long opportunity to serve with Durham Habitat building homes, hope, and community.  We are always looking to hire enthusiastic Durham-based AmeriCorps members on our construction and repairs teams - all ages and experience levels are welcome to apply! Members receive a modest living allowance, healthcare, and an educational award at the completion of their service. To learn more, click here or email Laine Staton.
We CAN Build It
We're currently building several homes in Durham's historic Southside neighborhood (with more to come). For more on the partnership at 100 E. Enterprise, check out this recent blog post from The Bulls of Durham. Many thanks to our friends in the local Durham craft brewing community who said "We CAN Build It!" and are helping us build homes and hope in Southside Durham.

Habitat Success Stories

Twenty years ago, Bob came to a Habitat construction site, and he's been volunteering since. "Framing is the fun part," Bob says, "but my favorite task is roofing." He also leads a youth group in making rain barrels for each Habitat home.