December 2013 RV Care-A-Vanners Update

Featured News

Hello RV Care-A-Vanners, as we approach this joyous season, the season of giving, I want you to think about the families in Springfield, Mo., who will get a new or rehabbed house as a result of our 25th Anniversary Build and Rally in Springfield, Mo., running from April 21-May 4, 2014. Much planning has gone into this event and we want all Care-A-Vanners to attend and help us build and celebrate 25 years together, building homes for families in need.

We are also fundraising to build two new homes in Springfield and we really need your help. Consider that gift that gives forever, a donation to our building fund. You can give one of two ways. First, you can donate from our website, or you can set up your own fundraising page and get your family and friends involved in your fundraising effort. What a wonderful gift to share during this holiday season. Setting up your own page is easy, even for us in the technology-challenged generation. Follow these step-by-step instructions. Our goal is $125,000, enough to fund two homes, and we want to be halfway there by the end of 2013. Yes that is less than four weeks away! As of this writing, we are at 15 percent of our goal of $125,000, so let's work hard and make this happen.

I would be thrilled to see a flurry of signups for Springfield this month. Your Care-A-Vanner desk team can't wait to meet you all in Springfield. So DRIVE, BUILD and BOND to Springfield this spring.

Have a blessed holiday season, God Bless.

Mary Vandeveld
RV Care-A-Vanner coordinator

Windows to Washington

I would like to introduce a new addition to our newsletter, cleverly named Windows to Washington. It comes from Piper M. Hendricks, the director of advocacy communications, government relations and advocacy at HFHI. Since RV Care-A-Vanners are such wonderful advocates for Habitat for Humanity, we wanted to share some information about what Habitat for Humanity is doing worldwide to change lives in hopes that you can help spread the good word. Thanks for your contribution, Piper!

Greetings from Washington, D.C., a place where the reports are wonky, the traffic is horrid and some of the laws are as long as Route 66. Happily, it's also a place full of people who are as passionate as you are about important issues. It's often where the rubber meets the road in Habitat's efforts to ensure that laws don't stand in the way of putting a roof over the head of every person on this planet.

Given how many people you reach on your travels and the talents you bring to all of your projects, you all are wonderful Habitat ambassadors and I want to be sure we keep you informed of what we're up to here in Washington (and around the country and the world). Mary's bragged on you and the wonderful work you do, so if you'll allow me, I'd like to brag a bit about the government relations and advocacy team. I should tell you, I joined Habitat a little over a month ago, so I can't take credit for any of this!

When it comes to making sure laws promote access to adequate and affordable housing, Habitat's had some great victories both internationally and here in the U.S. In Bolivia, for example, we helped get a law passed that changed whose name goes on land deeds that will help 1.8 million Bolivians, including more than 620,000 households headed by women! And the advocacy efforts of the talented folks at Habitat South Dakota led to a $5 million affordable housing trust fund in their state � and the legislation was even known in the state capital as "the Habitat bill!"

Now don't worry � I won't rattle on so long every month. I just wanted to say hello, let you know to look for updates from us in the months ahead, and to never hesitate to let us know how we can be helpful to you as you zip around the U.S. doing exactly what I hope to do when I retire someday. Your ideas, suggestions and questions are always welcome.

Happy holidays and happy 2014!

Piper Hendricks and the GRA team

Piper joined Habitat for Humanity in October 2013 and is delighted to be part of such a fantastic team of dedicated people. With a dad in the army, Piper moved around a bit before her parents settled in Texas, but with grandparents in Iowa and Montana, her family did a lot of driving throughout her childhood. Sadly, their trips were never in an RV, but Lake Wobegon tapes and games of "I spy" helped pass the time. Piper moved to Washington, D.C., immediately after undergrad and jokes that she is now on her "third tour," as she keeps returning to the neat career opportunities that Washington offers. Before coming to Habitat, she was a human rights lawyer, but thought if she told you that first, you'd stop reading. She welcomes any ideas and questions you have about advocacy anytime.

trips In Memoriam

It is with sadness we report that Care-A-Vanner Fred Camp, 77, of South Charleston, W.Va., died on Dec. 5, 2013 after a surgery. Fred was employed for 37 years by West Virginia State College in the printing and graphic arts department. He was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston and sang bass in their choir.

He and his wife were avid bicyclists and frequently rode throughout the Kanawha Valley. They took bicycle adventure tours of the United States, favoring the Oregon coast. After his retirement in 2001, they became volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Fred and Pauline's first Care-A-Vanner build was in May 2003 in Jackson, Tenn. Fred was willing to learn how to build and use tools, but this writer remembers that we asked Fred to cut something with a Sawzall and showed him how, however Pauline came around the corner and was horrified to see him using this dangerous tool. To his credit, he finished his task. Over time, he, of course, became quite proficient with construction tools.

Jackson, Tenn., was also where they experienced an F4 tornado that rip through the downtown and caused damage to several RVs other than theirs. At the time they had a small trailer that was protected between two larger rigs. Despite this scary event, their commitment to Habitat for Humanity didn't wane. They spent at least one winter building with the affiliate in the Tucson, Ariz., where Fred relished being on the rough electrical crew. Then they took on the leadership of Care-A-Vanner teams, working with the Indian River affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla., through 2013.

Fred can be fondly remembered for calling square dance fun nights and helping Pauline with wonderful photographic rosters.

Fred is survived by his wife, Pauline, and two sons: David in Washington State and Edwin in Portland, Ore. Fred's body was donated to the Human Gift Registry at a medical school in West Virginia. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred's honor may be made to First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston, W.Va., or to Indian River Habitat for Humanity at 4568 N. US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, Fla. 32967 or at the affiliate's website where there is an option to donate and you can designate it in memory of Fred.


Remember: Send Mary Vandeveld photos of your builds or newspaper articles. If you would like to submit anything to the newsletter � a good story, a new way to do things, a construction tip or an update on a build � please do. This includes our partner affiliates! This is your newsletter, and we welcome the input. Besides, you have got to be getting tired of hearing from only me! Send your contributions to I want to hear from all of you!

Team leader corner

ello team leaders! First, a hearty thank-you goes to our nifty November team leaders. They are Dyana Todd, Lisa Crawford, and Bob Hammer and Sharon Upton.

Remember, if you've been thinking about becoming a team leader but are not sure what's involved, contact me at and I will send you the guidelines. Lack of construction experience is not a reason to pass on being a team leader. Organization and people skills are what are important. So, don't forget to check the "team leader interest" box on your registration if you are willing to lead the build.

I hope to get to meet many of you at the Care-A-Vanner 25th Anniversary Build and Rally. During the rally, I will be giving a seminar on the role of the team leader. I will cover some basics but am still hoping to get some suggestions or questions beforehand, to know what is most important to you. So, what advice would you give to a new team leader? What lessons have you learned?
What challenges have you faced?

Why do you serve as team leader? Let's face it, most of us would prefer to just show up and build. But most of you understand how important it is to have a team leader, and graciously accept my invitation when asked. Why do you do it? Please send me a paragraph or two about why you choose to serve as team leaders on a build. I will share the responses in the newsletter. Perhaps that will encourage others to join the team leader ranks.

Finally, team leaders are needed for the following builds. If you are available and willing, please contact me.

  • January 5-19 Macon, Ga.
  • January 12-26 Hobbs, N.M.
  • January 26- February 9 Sebring, Fla.
  • February 9-23 Hobbs, N.M.
  • February 16- March 2 Indiantown, Fla.
  • March 2-16 Dade City, Fla.

Thank you and happy hammering!

Brenda Sawyer
Team leader coordinator

Spread the word
Send your RV friends a Care-A-Vanner brochure about this wonderful mission by just copying this link into an email or just print out and give to fellow RVers in campgrounds.

Disaster Response

  • Moore, Okla.: What a tragedy, with 1,200 homes destroyed and 12,000 damaged. The executive director of the affiliate that serves Moore has requested help to increase their construction capacity. Dan and Carolyn Banks have completed their mission in Moore and have secured RV parking at the fairgrounds in Norman, Okla., for a rate of $7.50 a day. These are full hookups, with Wi-Fi � a real luxury for a Disaster Response build. Go to our website and look for the Moore, Okla., builds beginning on March 9 and running into November 2014. If you would like to be on my email list for regular Granbury/Moore updates, please send a note to
  • West Liberty, Ky.: (formally known as Morehead, Ky.): West Liberty lost 500 housing units, many of them low-income, in a March 2, 2011, tornado. The latest news from West Liberty is that they have hired another construction supervisor for next year. That means we will not have to have house leaders on every build as we have done in the past. I have posted the 2014 builds in West Liberty and they are on our website. Sign up so we can finish the mission we started. The tornado rebuild should be complete in the 2014 build season, and then we will offer regular Care-A-Vanner builds in support of the Morehead affiliate and their goal of building two to four houses a year. This year our teams have helped get 14 tornado affected families into homes. Congratulations to the 2013 builders for a job well done! If you have any questions, contact me at
  • Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Tuscaloosa is rebuilding following the massive tornado in 2011. I have listed the Tuscaloosa builds on our website through the 2014 winter build season, including some Collegiate Challenge builds in March 2014. No experience is required to work at Tuscaloosa, except for the Collegiate Challenge Builds and I have heard from the builders who have been there that it is a great place to work. Thanks to a grant from the RV Care-A-Vanner program made possible by Larson Manufacturing, there are now six full hookup sites and two water and electric sites there.
  • Superstorm Sandy: We have completed four builds in Toms River, N.J., ground zero for Superstorm Sandy. I have gotten a great report from builders there. It was a quality experience, and the affiliate was terrific. We have also deployed two RV Care-A-Vanner Disaster Rebuild team members and two Disaster Corps volunteers to Staten Island, New York, (without their RV) to follow up after the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The affiliate was so happy with their work, they are looking for house leaders throughout the winter. The Atlantic City affiliate has recently contacted me and is looking to list some builds for the 2014 build season. There are still lots of work to be done in the Northeast. If you would like to be on my email list for Sandy recovery, please send a note to I will notify Care-A-Vanners on my list first about build opportunities there.
  • Granbury, Texas: Fifty-eight Habitat homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado in Granbury. To date, Granbury has not requested outside help in their rebuild effort, but we will be there when and if they need us. If you would like to be on my email list for Granbury, Texas, please contact me at
  • Colorado 2013 floods: We had six affiliates in the flood affected areas in Colorado. There was a huge need for low-income housing in the area with a rental vacancy rate of 1 percent before the floods. There were also some mobile home parks that were destroyed in the floods. The six affiliates are working closely with the Colorado State Support Organization and they already have a plan to work together and rebuild 100 new construction homes and do 100 Critical Home Repairs. I have talked with the director of the Colorado SSO and have a conference call planned in December with the six affiliates to see what the RV Care-A-Vanners can do to help. So far there is a lot of interest from the Colorado SSO and the affiliates in getting some RV Care-A-Vanner teams starting in the summer 2014 to help with the rebuild effort. I am starting an email list for the Colorado flood rebuild effort, so if you would like to be on the list, send me a note to

Illinois Tornadoes November 2013: When will the disasters stop coming? Initial assessments are being done on this tornado outbreak on November 17, 2013. There were tornado touchdowns in seven states and straight line wind damage in five states. I should have more information in the January newsletter.

Featured Builds

Don't forget those Springfield, Mo., builds for 2014! Yes, our 25-year celebration and rally. We have
room for everyone.

GV14-0157 Springfield, Mo. May 4-18, 2014, the follow-up build in Springfield after the anniversary build and rally is complete. This will be a regular two-week Care-A-Vanner build to clean up whatever needs to be done to finish the houses. This build is now listed on our website.

GV14-0154 Marion, lll., May 11, 2014: This is a new affiliate for us. We did build there a number of years ago. This build starts one week after the 25th anniversary ends, so you can visit Branson, or do some sightseeing and then stop in Marion. They are really excited about having Care-A-Vanners, so let's fill their build and show them what we can do. They are putting in RV sites at their development just for us.

Check out our upcoming build list. I have builds listed into the fall of 2014, so sign up early.

trips Collegiate Challenge and Care-A-Vanners

Always wanted to drive to Alaska? Next summer is the perfect time to go and also help the Anchorage affiliate with their visiting Global Village teams. This affiliate is looking for two rigs (three to four people) to come and help supervise/crew lead the teams coming to Alaska on the five Global Village trips planned for 2014. The teams will consist of adults, but they can range in age from early 20s to older 70s. Some of them may have some experience building, but others may have none. We have listed these builds under the Collegiate Challenge program because you need to have construction experience and the ability to teach skills to these teams, much like you would do for college students. The dates are listed on the scheduled build list and have a CC after Anchorage, and are: May 24-June 3, June 14-24, July 5-15, July 26-August 5 and August 16-27. RV parking will be free and near the construction site.

Each of these Alaska builds is 10 days long and you can sign up for just one or for as many as you like. If you sign up for more than one, it would give you time in between to do some sightseeing up to Denali or Fairbanks or south down to Homer or southeast over to Portage. George and I drove up the Alcan Highway to Alaska and back down the Cassiar Highway last summer and I can share what we learned and what we saw and did if that is of help to you; just ask.

You may also notice that I am listed as the team leader for the Care-A-Vanners who sign up as crew leaders for these Alaska builds, but I won't actually be there. I'll be making the arrangements and coordinating with the affiliate for you and then sending you the information you need to participate once you sign up.

There are also still some empty slots this coming spring to supervise college students, but they are filling up as the time gets closer. If you have put off signing up, now is the time to register. We have a great bunch of Care-A-Vanners, who have already committed to working with the Collegiate Challenge program. Look for the CC after the name of the city.

Diane Gravlee
Collegiate Challenge coordinator

trips Anniversary Celebration

End-of-year review, but looking forward

As we approach the end of this year, 2013, many things will come to mind by way of review for the year. Some of us made resolutions and will be looking back to see if we kept our commitments. Some will look forward and say, "I really want to do something about…" I believe some of us may have made resolutions to look for more, or new and different building opportunities during the coming year.

What do I mean by "different" relating to builds? Most of us have experienced the build where we drive in on Saturday, set up camp, meet 15 or so other Care-A-Vanners, and start building on Monday for two weeks. No argument, this is a thrilling experience and one we all look forward to and, when done, cherish the memories, in pictures and emails and phone conversations with our new lifelong friends. As wonderful as that experience is, how can we make a wonderful different build experience?
How about a build with 150 other Care-A-Vanners instead of 15? Building several houses, instead of just one? Meeting and greeting old friends from past builds, as well as making new friends? Oh, and also have a great party over the middle weekend.

This sounds very much like what is being offered at the 25th Anniversary Build and Rally next April in Springfield, Mo. Some might say that they don't like big groups and stay away, but we would say that the build groups are the typical 15 to 20 individuals working on each house for a deserving family accepted by the local affiliate for our program.

We have a well-planned build experience for all levels and team and project leadership to ensure that everyone is contributing to our important goal of affordable housing for deserving families in this area.
Changing the world, one family at a time - what a wonderful resolution for the New Year. Add it to your list for 2014, and then we'll see you in Springfield, April 2014!

Explanation of registration fees

Some of you have asked about the registration fees for the anniversary event next April, and we would like to answer all of you here so all readers will see the same information.

The RV parking fees are for three types of sites: full hook-ups, electric and water and electric only and those figures are calculated for 13 nights. Those fees are $195 ($15/night) full hook-ups, $130 ($10/night) electric and water and $75 ($5.75/night) electric only. In view of the length of stay, two sanitary service calls are included in these fees for the electric/water and electric only sites. While a few build sites have no RV fee, most have a nominal charge and we believe that these fees would be typical or lower than most build sites ($15, $10 or $5.75 per night).

The balance of the total fee ($140) is for the rally expenses which include three catered banquet meals for two people, entertainment events and rental of the central hall for our seminars, meetings, etc. There is a lower rally fee for singles ($90) which represents three fewer catered banquet meals.

Much thought and planning went into the development of this fee structure, including comparison shopping other organizations that put on rallies periodically. Even though our two-week period is much longer than a typical long-weekend rally, our total fees are lower than others would be.

Jane and Joe Gano
25th Anniversary Event Coordinators

Attention QUILTERS!
more blocks needed

Hooray and help! The following people have submitted quilt blocks; JoAnne Phelps, Roxanne Draves, Mary J. Mueller, Janice Cihak, Barb Loof, and the Las Cruces Methodist Church Quilters. A very special thank-you goes to Patricia Paris, who has generously sent 13 blocks! However, we have a little over half a quilt! We'd like to make a quilt large enough for a bed (not a lap blanket). We need at least 10 more blocks for the anniversary quilt. So, please look around your craft room for any "spare" blocks. How about asking a friend who quilts to submit a block? Here are the guidelines:

  1. Finished block should measure 12 � inches x 12 � inches
  2. Theme: Care-A-Vanners' 25th Anniversary
  3. Due date: 31 December 2013
  4. Color scheme: None � let your imagination soar

If you reside in the U.S., please send your block to Paula Huls, 9514 � 167th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052. If you reside in Canada, please send your block to Cindy Hopkins, 393 Mildred St., Midland, ON Canada, L4R 3R7.

We thank you for your assistance in making this project a success!

25th anniversary seminars:

We hope you have all signed up for the 25th anniversary celebration in Springfield, Mo. The seminars/workshops we have planned will take place on Sunday and Monday, April 27 and 28, at the fairgrounds. As you check in at the fairgrounds, you will be asked your preferences for the workshops. So, we would like to give you a little information about each of the programs planned to whet your appetite for those in which you may be most interested. We have some workshops that need to be offered on specific days due to the presenter's schedule, so the exact date of the programs will be detailed in a later newsletter.

As for now, we have planned the following:

  • Volunteer engagement: What's in it for you? This Seminar is presented by Mark Andrews, vice president, volunteer and institutional engagement, Habitat for Humanity International.
    Understanding Habitat for Humanity's strategic initiative to advance volunteer engagement and discover new resources that may be available to enhance local volunteer programs. Questions and answers will make this an interactive group.
  • Building quality, green homes, presented by Keith Kaan, construction supervisor, Mason, Texas affiliate.
    This small, all-volunteer affiliate has been able to build very high performance green homes. Learn how they do it and achieve a payback in less than 1 � years.
  • Around the world with Global Village, presented by Allyson Drinnon, associate director, volunteer and institutional engagement, Habitat for Humanity International.
    You can't bring your RV but you can still make new friends while building. Join Allyson for a snapshot of Habitat International's work, what volunteers are doing around the world, and how you can get involved. This workshop will cover the steps to join an international Global Village trip, costs and fundraising, and leadership opportunities.
  • Disaster preparedness and response, presented by Kristin Wright, Disaster Corps specialist, Habitat for Humanity International.
    Participants will learn how HFHI engages in Disaster Response, highlighting HFHI's Disaster Corps program and RV CAV rebuild team. Learn about types of disasters, key terms used in disaster risk management, phases of the disaster cycle, emergency management standards, the national response framework, and what can be done to prepare and respond to disasters in their own community.
  • First aid and citizen CPR workshop, presented by the Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross
    Learn some basic responses and techniques for more common emergency first aid so you will be more confident in responding to emergency needs. Watch a short demonstration on compression-only CPR. Although no official certification will be offered, the class should make participants better prepared to know how to respond to emergencies.
  • Golf chipping and pitching clinic, presented by Ina Davis (RV CAV and golf professional, Crystal Mountain Resort, Mich.)
    Learn the proper fundamentals of the chip and pitch shots - the scoring shots, and learn the proper club selection, guaranteed to eliminate the dreaded sculled, fat and miss-directed shots. Bring your sand wedge and 9-iron. Don't have a sand wedge? Bring your pitching wedge and 9-iron.
  • Team leader seminar, presented by Brenda Sawyer, RV Care-A-Vanner and team leader coordinator for the RV Care-A-Vanners.
    This seminar is appropriate for those who are considering serving as team leaders as well as for our veteran team leaders. We will go over some of the duties of team leading but spend the majority of time discussing various challenges faced by team leaders. This will include managing team dynamics and conflicts, devotions, and other topics brought forth by those in attendance. Please send questions or topics to Brenda before the rally (preferred), or bring them with you to the seminar. Brenda is looking forward to meeting many of the team leaders who she knows only through email!
  • Joplin, Mo., Disaster Recovery: The story of a comeback, presented by Scott Clayton, executive director, Joplin, Mo., Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
    Hear the story of disaster recovery for the city of Joplin and the accomplishments of the HFH affiliate, flourishing against terrific odds, bringing groups together to service families in need and staff dedicated to helping � resulting in an astounding rate of recovery.
  • RV Care-A-Vanner desk, questions and answers presented by the RV Care-A-Vanner desk staff.
    Meet the volunteers who keep the RV Care-A-Vanner program working. Come with your questions, suggestions and concerns.
  • The selection of Habitat for Humanity partner families, presented by Nancy Williams, director of family services, Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Mo.
    The Springfield affiliate has two family services committees, the family selection committee and the family advocacy committee. Nancy will walk us through the process from initial marketing of the program and recruiting of applicants to the burning of the mortgage when the house is paid off!
  • Family Motor Coach Association Habitat for Humanity chapter, presented by FMCA staff.
    This group partners with the RV Care-A-Vanner program. Learn about their organization and their involvement with HFHI's RV CAV home building opportunities.

We hope we have something for everyone and you can join your fellow Care-A-Vanners in several workshops!

In addition, we will offer:

  • Safety training seminar: Safety on the job site. Presented by Don Hartle, U.S. safety specialist, HFHI
    Everyone attending the RV CAV 25th Anniversary Reunion and Rally will attend this safety seminar. Don will cover OSHA's involvement with our affiliates in the recent years, insurance statistics of claim types and frequency of claims, and how we need to change and improve our safety thinking while building. Don will also present residential roof related fall protection options that are available. Fewer and fewer of us feel comfortable on a roof, but each house needs one and we need to feel comfortable up there! Other types of fall hazards will be covered, such as holes and covers, ladder safety requirements, guardrail requirements, scaffolding requirements, trenching and excavation openings, stairways, etc. Don will touch on general electrical safety � tools, power cords, GFCI protection, etc.; emergency action plan � what's necessary and where to post for all to see; and flammable/combustible � signage, storage and extinguishers. As we build, we all need to be responsible for our own safety and the safety of those working around us. Consider this seminar a "tune up" (like your car/RV/truck) so that we can build safer.

Warm regards,

Joyce Rush
New member coordinator
RV Care-A-Vanner Program
Habitat for Humanity International
Phone: 724-579-2850

tripsHow to support the 25th anniversary build using Share.Habitat

Share.Habitat makes it easy for you to make a donation to the 25th anniversary build and to enlist your family and friends as well. You and they can also use it to stay informed about the progress of this exciting project.

As a supporter you can see what's going on, encourage others and spread the word.

You can also become a donor by clicking on "please donate." Donate by mail or secure credit card. Choose any amount. Donate anonymously if you prefer. It's all up to you.

To maximize your impact, become a fundraiser. To create your own fundraising page on Share.Habitat, visit the campaign page, then:

  • Scroll down until you see the "Up your impact" box on the right-hand side.
  • Click the last link in that box, which reads "Become a Fundraiser."
  • From there, you can choose to create an account through Facebook, or you can simply click "Sign Up" under the Facebook banner to just use your email.
  • If you are not using Facebook, just enter your name and email address, and create a password.

Now that you've created an account, you will be taken to your fundraising creation page. You may edit this page by clicking on your Dashboard tab at the top, and then on the "Make Edits" link at the top. Personalize your page by:

  • Writing a short statement about why you're fundraising.
  • Setting a goal. How much would you like to raise for this cause? You can change the default amount to your choice. (The end date and default donation are set for you, but you are free to change them.)
  • Uploading photos that help tell the story of your support for this anniversary event. You may also copy and paste the URL to a video hosted on YouTube or Vimeo that will display on your page as well. Some content is there for you already, but you may delete it, move it around or add to it.
  • Telling your Care-A-Vanner story in your own words. Tell your donors why this event is important to you.

That's it! You're now ready to accept donations to your Share.Habitat fundraising page. You can add to the experience by doing the following three things:

  1. Click on the Dashboard tab at the top of your page to share your story using the promotional and email tools found there.
  2. Use the dropdown box at the top right of the page to edit your account settings (this is where you add a profile picture to show the world it's your page!).
  3. Click on the Edit button in the strip at the top to update and edit your fundraising page.

If you have any trouble or questions with the process, please send Mary Campbell an email at I'll answer as soon as I can and share helpful hints in future newsletters.

From the registration desk

Holiday greetings from the registration desk! Larry and I will be heading to the Savannah, Ga., area to spend the holidays with our family. We hope wherever you are, you travel safely and have blessed holidays. And can you believe it's almost 2014!

Keep those registrations coming in - I'm not nearly as busy as I could be, judging by the number of openings on the many builds we have in 2014. And let's not forget the Care-A-Vanners' 25th Anniversary Rally and Build in Springfield, Mo., next April. Visit the website for more information on this momentous event and to register for it. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and putting faces to names.

Until next year!

Lu Tillotson
RV registration desk

Welcome new Care-A-Vanners

Dan and Jeanne Doty, Dennis and Nancy Dupre, Will and Lisa Harrison, John Heisel, Mary Helfrich, Don and Diane Hendricks, Phil and Judy Horton, Wayne and Lynne Kaiser, Theodore and Paula Lehtonen, Jim and Andrea Maroney, N. R. Munn, Frank Posillico and Rene Graham, Glen and Rachel Roberts, John Schrock and Mary Berube, Drew and Sherry Stewart, Philip and Jan Upton, Mike and Jane Westmorland.

Our apologies if we have included a seasoned Care-A-Vanner, or if this is duplication. Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the work that you do!

 Safety Corner

This month I would like to go over some of the key OSHA rules covering welded frame scaffolding. This is the only style of scaffolding I've seen affiliates use for building. I've condensed some of the OSHA rule to focus on the point, eliminated some table references due to space. Some additional information is available on the OSHA website.

What to watch for when looking at scaffolding:

Tubular welded frame scaffolds

Four times the maximum load
Metal tubular frame scaffolds, including accessories such as braces, brackets, trusses, screw legs, ladders, etc., shall be designed, constructed, and erected to safely support four times the maximum rated load.

Plumb, rigid and square
Scaffolds shall be properly braced by cross bracing or diagonal braces, or both, for securing vertical members together laterally, and the cross braces shall be of such length as will automatically square and align vertical members so that the erected scaffold is always plumb, square and rigid. All brace connections shall be made secure.

Scaffold bases (feet)
Scaffold legs shall be set on adjustable bases or plain bases placed on mud sills or other foundations adequate to support the maximum rated load.

Stacking scaffolds
The frames shall be placed one on top of the other with coupling or stacking pins to provide proper vertical alignment of the legs.

Securing scaffold to structure
To prevent movement, the scaffold shall be secured to the building or structure at intervals not to exceed 30 feet horizontally and 26 feet vertically.

Guardrails made of lumber, not less than 2 x 4 inches (or other material providing equivalent protection), and approximately 42 inches high, with a mid-rail of 1 x 6 inch lumber (or other material providing equivalent protection), and toe boards, shall be installed at all open sides and ends on all scaffolds more than 10 feet above the ground or floor. Toe boards shall be a minimum of 4 inches in height. Wire mesh shall be installed.

Walking under scaffolds
Where persons are required to work or pass under the scaffold, scaffolds shall be provided with a screen between the toe boards and the guardrail, extending along the entire opening made of #18 ga. wire.

Scaffold planking
All planking of platforms shall be overlapped a minimum of 12 inches, or secured from movement (scaffolding planking that hooks on scaffold cross bars.) All planking shall extend over their end supports not less than 6 inches nor more than 12 inches. (Assuming you are using planks instead of specialized aluminum sided planking that hooks on scaffold cross bars)

Keeping planks clear
Tools, material and debris shall not be allowed to accumulate in quantities to cause a hazard.

Slippery conditions on scaffolding need to be eliminated ASAP.
No work on scaffolds during storms or high winds.

Frank Peccia
Care-A-Vanner safety coordinator

Questions, cancellations or concerns?
1-800-HABITAT, ext. 7534
1-229-410-7534 (direct)
RV Care-A-Vanner staff contact info

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Roster updates
please email updated roster information to or or call 1-229-410-7534.

Report Care-A-Vanner hours
Help us keep track of total volunteer hours contributed, and partner families served. Please email these stats from your drop-in or ongoing builds to

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