Building Hope One House at a Time

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525857_10151460846423368_2074017513_nMark Wheatley spent 35 years dedicated to ensuring the safety of others working with the Fairfax County Fire Department.  While in Northern Virginia, he volunteered frequently helping to build homes with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.  “I knew the positive effect it had on the families we were building homes for – it was a natural fit for me to volunteer with them.”

 

In 2011 after officially retiring, Mark and his wife moved to Richmond.  He knew he wanted to continue his service with Habitat for Humanity and quickly looked up how to volunteer in Richmond.  After volunteering a few times – he was hooked, “They treated me nice on site and I bonded with the other regular volunteers and the site supervisors – they can’t get rid of me now.”

 

Bill Burch retired as a technology department project manager at a local bank in 2001.  After being retired for a year, he wanted to find some way to stay active and give back to his community.  A dedicated member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Henrico, Bill jumped at the opportunity to attend an informational meeting about Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity held after Sunday service.

 

After the meeting, one of Bill’s fellow church-goers invited him out on the construction site.  He began volunteering more and more frequently and eventually started volunteering on a weekly basis, sometimes multiple times a week.

 

Eleven years later, he is still dedicated to lending a helping hand on the construction site each week, “My favorite part about volunteering with Richmond Habitat is the friendships I’ve made.  We are a tight knit group and I really enjoy working with the site supervisors.  We always have a good time!”

 

Bill and Mark are just two of the many members of Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s “Weekday Crew.”  The Weekday Crew are men and women (mostly retired) who volunteer out on the construction site on a weekly basis.  Many of them are skilled at construction, but some volunteer to learn new skills, make new friends and help give back to their community.

 

Marguerite, one of two female members of the Weekday Crew, compassionately explains why she volunteers, “The Weekday Crew does not work for praise, recognition or any type of award, but for the countless thank you’s, smiles and hugs from those truly grateful homeowners.  When a homeowner says to you with a tear in their eye, full of emotion, “This has been a blessing, thank you, God Bless you,” it makes all your time, effort and sweat so meaningful.”

 

We build year-round and are always looking for caring, hardworking volunteers to help us on the construction site. If you are interested in giving back to your community while learning new skills and building lasting friendships, we would love to hear from you.

 

To learn more about volunteering with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, please contact wguthrie@richmondhabitat.org or (804) 232-7001 ext. 112.

Richmond Habitat selected to participate in Repair Corps program

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Richmond Metropolitan selected to participate in Habitat for Humanity Repair Corps program, funded by The Home Depot Foundation

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity is one of  up to 20 affiliates selected to participate in nationwide program 

Richmond, Virginia. January 13, 2014.– Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity has been selected to participate in Habitat for Humanity International’s Repair Corps program, an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help repair, renovate or construct the homes of U.S. veterans. Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity is one of  up to 20 Habitat affiliates selected for Habitat’s 2014 Repair Corps program.

“We are excited to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program, and grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for funding this project,” said Jane Helfrich, CEO of Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.  “We are honored to work alongside former service men and women, and their families, to provide critical repairs to their homes.”

Habitat’s Repair Corps program is funded by The Home Depot Foundation. With donations of $6.2 million, to date, including $2.7 million in 2014 in cash and in-kind gift cards, The Home Depot Foundation supports Habitat grants for Repair Corps projects ranging from new construction to home repair projects such as roofing and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and renovated bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans. Repair Corps grants will be allocated in amounts up to $15,000 for each project.

“While veteran homelessness has declined in recent years, it is critical that we have support systems in place for veterans covering the whole housing spectrum to ensure that a few years from now, we are not faced with a rising tide of negative statistics again,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “That is why we support programs like Habitat’Repair Corps as part of our mission to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.”

Funding for Habitat’s Repair Corps is part of a five-year, $80 million investment The Home Depot Foundation is making to multiple organizations to repair and renovate homes and public housing facilities for U.S. veterans.

As is required of new Habitat homeowners, veterans selected to partner with Habitat’s Repair Corps program, will repay zero-interest loans covering a portion of the costs of their repairs. Loan amounts will be determined on a sliding scale based on the veteran’s income to ensure affordability for the veteran.

To see if you, or someone you know may qualify for this program, please click here.

About Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1986, Richmond Habitat has served more than 320 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.richmondhabitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitatrva or at www.twitter.com/habitatrva.

 

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.

 

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $63 million to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $380 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.