|September 2012 RV Care-A-Vanners Update|
Alice, Texas sign-up
Good luck and remember there are many affiliates that need our help besides Alice!
Dave and I just returned from doing a build in our own backyard of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It had been a few years since we did a scheduled build, as we had been working the winter months doing an ongoing build, or "flying under the radar," as Mary Campbell calls it.
We both had some apprehension about the build. After all it would take two weeks out of our six weeks of summer we get here in the Upper Peninsula and it was a rehab! That apprehension soon melted away as we greeted our team one by one. What a fun and talented group. We stayed at a lovely resort on a large inland lake. Ted and Sally were the owners and they treated us like family, including a steep discount for the RV sites.
Our project was to finish a rehab on a house build around 1920. The house had good "bones" but as usual nothing was square, level or plumb. We did electrical, plumbing, painting, repairs, poured cement and spruced up an old garage. We also laid a lot of ceramic tile in the affiliate's volunteer center.
This was the affiliate's first experience with the RV Care-A-Vanners and we left an impression. They treated us very well and were very grateful for our help. They are already planning next summer's builds.
What did we learn from this build? Hey, rehab isn't all that bad. We would have loved to live in that house. We were reminded of what a wonderful group the RV Care-A-Vanners are and there are some terrific affiliates out there who can really benefit from the RV Care-A-Vanner program. And finally, we have eight new friends!
Thanks for a great build.
RV Care-A-Vanner Coordinator
Team leader corner
First, a big thank you to our awesome August team leaders. They are Dave and Mary Vandeveld, George Wallner and Rosanne Schoemehl, Frank and Diana Peccia, George and Karen Hopper, Mark Cotter, Jim and Betty Spencer, Kelly Sosland and Carole Westphal and Dan and Carolyn Banks, who are the ongoing leaders of our disaster response in Morehead, Kentucky.
Remember, when it comes to being a team leader, communication and organizational skills are more important than construction skills. Please don't let your lack of construction experience keep you from volunteering to be a team leader. Builds listed with the Care-A-Vanners must have a full-time construction supervisor for the build. If construction skills were a requirement, I would certainly never be a team leader!
That's it from the team leader corner. I hope you enjoy this glorious fall weather, wherever September may find you.
Please make corrections to the roster by emailing the updated information to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 229-410-7534.
From the registration desk
Our time here in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts is winding down - before you know it, we'll be pointing our motorhome's wheels south before those snowflakes arrive.
A major favor to ask of our awesome Care-A-Vanners - if you have an existing account and are having trouble logging in to register for a build, please call or email us before setting up a new account. We can manually register you until we can get the log-in snafu straightened out. This has cropped up several times in the past couple of months. Having a duplicate account creates some havoc within the Care-A-Vanner database - your new account will not reflect any of your prior builds. If I can spot a duplicate account quick enough, I can ask the IT department in Americus to fix it but sometimes it slips by me and some type of transaction will occur with that new account and then it's too late to get them merged. Please call or email using the information below and we'll get it done, or if it's a build that is quickly filling up and you want to ensure a spot, call Mary Vandeveld at 920-737-0507. Thanks!
Until next time,
We have two active areas that need house leaders as well as builders right now. Can you read a blueprint, problem solve construction issues and lead a team of volunteers? Then you can be a house leader! To serve as a team member, no experience is required.
I have some tentative dates for the disaster response class. It will be held in Americus, GA, March 18 through March 22, 2013. Pencil those dates into your schedule. There will be no charge for the class and we will arrange camping at no charge. There will be more on the class in future newsletters.
New affiliate builds RV sites:
A big welcome to the Macon, GA affiliate, which has put in six RV sites at their office/Habitat ReStore location to host RV Care-A-Vanners. We are dedicating the sites on Nov. 1, 2012, so if you are in the area, come by for the dedication. You can contact Mary Vandeveld at email@example.com for more information on the dedication. We have four builds listed with Macon this fall and will soon list more builds for after the first of the year. So let's show our appreciation and fill the Macon builds.
Special request from Hardee County, Florida
The Hardee County Florida Habitat Affiliate has a unique need-- we would like to engage a retired couple who are seeking housing to provide construction and administrative support to our affiliate.
Our offices and base of operations are in a large historic home in Bowling Green, Florida, but could easily be the retirement home for a couple. If you are interested, please contact Kathleen Roehm, volunteer coordinator.
Habitat for Humanity of Hardee County
502 E. Main St
Bowling Green, FL 33834
Office phone: 863-375-2160
Cell Phone: 863-781-0051
Welcome new Care-A-Vanners
Vicki Cali-Smith, Robert Danbeck, Dick Erfle, Laura Gaisior, Dan and Merlene Goan, Bill Gott, Michael Jager, Effie Neth, Harvey Russell and Marge White, Wes and Candy Walhood, Jeffrey and Kim Zink.
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!
One of the areas that needs some consistency among all of us Care-A-Vanners is the question of what to do if you see a safety problem. If it's something that you as a team member can help correct or suggest a change to a coworker who is at risk then certainly go ahead and do it.
If you see something that is affecting a group of people or a person is asked to do something that you see as inherently unsafe and making a suggestion to the person at risk is not the solution, then express your concern to your team leaders for that build. It's their responsibility to manage the overall relationship with the affiliate and safety for the Care-A-Vanners on the job site.
Team leaders will look at the problem or unsafe condition and decide what action to take or not take. Normally if something is not able to be solved by a simple change in how something is done, then the team leaders may need to contact the construction manager on the site to resolve the unsafe situation. This usually solves the problem. If the team leaders are not able to resolve the problem with the site construction manager, then the team leaders have the option of calling the Care-A-Vanner desk to discuss the problem. Each step elevates the problem up the line of authority until there is resolution.
In summary the communication is:
Questions, cancellations or concerns?
1-800-HABITAT, ext. 7534
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