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Windows on the work: December 2010 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Windows on the work: December 2010

Glimpses inside Habitat happenings

Building begins in Hawk Point, Mo.

In July, Lincoln County Habitat broke ground on its very first house. The affiliate officially joined the Habitat family in July 2009 and spent an eventful year fundraising and laying groundwork in the community, cementing partnerships with the local Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce along the way. The first day of construction drew 30 volunteers. Partner family Stacy Wood and her four children moved in at the end of September.

AmeriCorps members reunite in Charlotte, N.C.

Last year, more than 100 current and former Habitat Charlotte AmeriCorps members came together with the idea of raising the $70,000 required for a local house sponsorship. This summer — after nine months of gathering largely small, individual donations — the Habitat AmeriCorps alumni met their goal, and some 40 volunteers from across the country worked alongside homeowner Phor Kpuih to complete the Habitat house in a weeklong blitz.

ReStore offers tool lending library in Orem, Utah

Thanks to donations from Provo’s Community Development Block Program and Lowe’s, Habitat Utah County has established a tool lending library as part of its Habitat ReStore outlet. Locals are free to check out tools — items include everything from a chain saw and post setter to a paint sprayer and carpet stretcher — for up to a week, with no deposit or rental fees. Customers include Habitat homeowners as well as other community residents.

World Habitat Day events spanned a week in October

Since 1986, the United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day. In 2010, Habitat for Humanity International expanded its World Habitat Day observances to include a full week of events. The 27th Carter Work Project — held Oct. 4-8 — spearheaded the World Habitat Day events. Eighty-six houses were built, rehabilitated or repaired in six communities: Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, Md.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; and Birmingham, Ala.

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