RV Care-A-Vanners Update
Monthly Care-A-Vanner trivia: Do you know?
How many houses has Habitat built since its 1976 founding? (Answer at end of update)
Special building requests
Disaster relief volunteers needed in Tuscaloosa
Kristin Wright, Disaster Corps Specialist of HFHI in Atlanta is currently deploying Disaster Corps volunteers to Tuscaloosa to assist with their disaster recovery builds. There does not seem to be any affordable housing, which is proving to be a major deterrent. If you are interested and willing to dry camp, contact Bob Johnson at the Tuscaloosa affiliate at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 205-349-4620 for more information.
The devastation to affiliates, partner families and communities by the recent tornadoes in Alabama and other states is currently being assessed. When communities are ready to schedule builds, we will let you know through this newsletter.
Some of you may already be involved with first-responder organizations such as the Red Cross. If you learn of affiliates that might benefit from RV Care-A-Vanners at the appropriate time, please let us know.
Dow Chemical and Habitat
October 21, 2011
Greetings. From Jonathan T.M. Reckford
CEO, Habitat for Humanity International
One of our consistent messages to the corporate community is that a partnership with Habitat for Humanity benefits both parties. I am asking you to demonstrate that fact to one of our most faithful partners.
Habitat and The Dow Chemical Co. are finalists in the Best Partnership Category in the 2011 Corporate Citizenship Awards presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Business Civic Leadership Center. The winner of this award is determined by online public voting. Right now the voting is close, and the Dow-Habitat partnership is in second place. That's pretty good, but do we want to be number 2?
Please take a moment to help put us in the lead. You can cast your vote�one per e-mail address�until 11:59 p.m. EST Oct. 28. Please visit the Dow Voting Site and indicate your support for our partnership. Then spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues. Supporting Dow in this competition is one more way we can build louder.
Thank you very much for your help.
RV Care-A-Vanners and Millard Fuller Legacy Build
Ten rigs of RV Care-A-Vanners partnered with the Fuller Center Legacy Build in Minden, Louisiana this month, which included eight new houses and seven rehabs. More work remains to be done. If interested, contact Charlie Park, 318-422-3473.
We add new builds whenever an affiliate schedules one. We try to update the build list on Fridays, so you can check over the weekend to see if any new builds have been added. Builds are now sorted by date when the list comes up. You can sort by state by visiting the link at the top of the list.
Team leaders corner
I want to thank our September team leaders. Thanks to Ken and Joy Fehrenz, Lynn and Linda Laymon, Ron and Jean Gratz, Ron Bathgate, Nancy Oliker, Dick and Linda Aide, Scott and Nancy Hoag, Ron and Judy Bell, Harry and Linda Drivas and Richard and Sharon Smith. Thank you for leading our teams in Habitat For Humanity's quest to end substandard, unsafe, unaffordable housing.
Welcome to our new Care-A-Vanners
Jim and Rosy Bartells, Terry and Sue Baughman, Mark and Sue Bryer, Bradley and Jacolyn Dadles, Paul and Ginger Doyle, Carol Fare and Vicki Brown, Donald and Karen Fehr, David Harper, Tom and Sandra Linkimer, Ed Lungren and Glory Lane, Dean and Kathryn Mendenhall, Brad and Kim Opfer, Gary and Beverly Peterson, Andy Robertson, Patrick and Julia Rowling, Doug and Nancy Schaefer, Ken Schedler and Sonya Holmquist, Laura Shaffer, Richard and Diane Timblin, Pam Tittle, Donald and Judy Vanderheyden, Mike and Carol Vincent, Dale and Janice Wald.
My apologies if I have included a seasoned Care-A-Vanner or if this is a duplication. Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the work that you do!
Fellow Care-A-Vanners John and Joyce Williams are among five finalists for the Good Sam Club's RVer of the year. They have logged thousands of volunteer hours with NOMADS (Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service), SOWERS (Servants on Wheels Eveready) and the American Red Cross as well as with Habitat. Having been selected Michigan RVer of the year for 2011, they are now in the running for the national award.
Care-A-Vanners who are Good Sam Club members can help select the winner by voting online at www.GoodSamClub.com/vote through October 31. The winner will be announced in Highways Magazine in February 2012. Good luck, John and Joyce!
Congratulations on the Retirement of:
Report Care-A-Vanner hours
Donate your RV, trailer, car or boat and help Habitat build homes
Looking for new ways to give? Call Cars for Homes�, Habitat's vehicle donation program, toll-free at 1-877-277-4344 to donate cars, trucks, boats and RVs.
For questions, cancellations and concerns, the most efficient way to reach us is by e-mailing email@example.com. You can also call 1-800-422-4828, Ext. 7534, or 1-229-410-7534 for assistance.
To help us find you in the database, please include your name (and your spouse's name, if applicable) and ZIP code in all communications.
Because we coordinate from the road, please allow 48 hours for a response. If you cannot reach Mary and need more immediate assistance, please call the Habitat for Humanity International Volunteer Mobilization desk at 1-800-422-4828, Ext. 7530, or 229-410-7530.
Registration, step by step instructions:
Beginning October 15, 2010, there is a new way to register for Care-A-Vanner builds.
Care-A-Vanners may simply choose a build from the build list and register for that build with four clicks of the mouse. The Care-A-Vanner Coordinator will respond by email to confirm assignment to the build.
The Build List contains much more detailed information about the build: project description, parking location, type of work, exact parking cost, and detailed hookup information, distance to job site and team leader's name, as well as the number of spaces available. If a build is full, you can still register online for the waitlist.
A user login and password is created the first time you register for a build. Clicking on "Create User ID" leads to a screen asking for your name and email address (your email address becomes your User ID). An email is immediately sent to that address (to make sure you are you). A link in this email enables you to create a password and security question, (be sure to remember these for future use) then returns you to the registration page for the build you have chosen. This is where you will provide your contact information and rig size/type (we all have to do this � one time only � for the new system, even long-time Care-A-Vanners). Before leaving this screen, experienced Care-A-Vanners can check a box to volunteer as team leader for the build.
There is also a link for the Emergency Contact Information and Waiver Form which you can type online and print out in advance of the build. Finally, you click on Register (or Register for Waitlist, if the build is full). To register for a second build takes only 4 mouse-clicks!
For future signups, just select "Build listing" from http://www.habitat.org/rv, log in and sign up for a build with four mouse-clicks. Your contact information will be pre-filled so you can verify it and make any necessary corrections.
Application versus Assignment. You will receive two emails for each build for which you register (only one if registering for the waitlist). Upon registering you will see on the screen "Application Received" and immediately receive an email stating the same (be sure to check your spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox - it will be from firstname.lastname@example.org). The RV Care-A-Vanner Coordinator must then review/update your contact information and actually assign you to the build. The second email (which you should receive within 48 hours) confirms this.
Waitlist. If a build is full, click on it as usual, then click on "Register for Waitlist." You will be contacted if there is a cancelation.
Ongoing Builds. The procedure for ongoing builds is unchanged. Use the contact information provided at http://www.habitat.org/rv/ongoing_builds.aspx to get in touch with the affiliate and make your own arrangements.
As always, the RV Care-A-Vanner Coordinator is available for questions or additional information at email@example.com or 1-800-422-4828 ext. 7534 or 229-410-7534 (direct). In addition a Yahoo e-group has been set up for sharing common questions and answers that may be beyond our knowledge (such as problems with specific browsers, unique situations, etc.) To join this e-group send an email with a blank subject and blank body to: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/rv-care-a-vanners and click Join This Group.
Monthly Care-A-Vanner trivia answer: Do you know?
On October 3, 2011 � World Habitat Day � Habitat celebrated its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya and the 500,001st house in Patterson, NJ. See more here.
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