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Windows on the work: March 2011 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Windows on the work: March 2011

Glimpses inside Habitat happenings

Engaging middle schoolers in Louisville, Ky.

Last fall, Habitat Louisville celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala event named “Hammers, Hardhats & Hope.” Some of the hard hats in that equation were the result of an art project at Highland Middle School. The idea of a school staff member who also serves on the Habitat board, the project invited students in the eighth grade to decorate a series of hard hats, which were then auctioned at the anniversary event to raise money in support of the affiliate.

Conserving energy in Evansville, Ind.

Habitat Evansville is one of four winners of the $100,000 Community Conservation Challenge, a statewide competition to fund programs that will reduce energy consumption. The affiliate partnered with Glenwood Neighborhood Association, Crossroads Christian Church and Vectren Corp. to design a program to assist 100 households in reducing their annual residential utility cost through weatherization products and services.

Setting up shop in Reading, Pa.

Looking for a way to do even more, Habitat Berks County volunteers have started a wood shop in the affiliate’s headquarters. The group builds items such as shelves and is restoring donated furniture, all to offer for sale in their ReStore outlet. The woodworkers also hope to provide certain elements like banisters and railings for the four houses the affiliate will build this year.

Helping to create a safe haven in Gliwice, Poland

Habitat supporters in Gliwice, Poland, have teamed up with Foundation INTEGRO, an organization that specializes in care for vulnerable women, to renovate a former state orphanage. Once repaired, the building will house up to 45 women in need of housing due to family conflict or crisis. Habitat will create the new home design and perform the repairs with the assistance of local and international volunteers.

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habitatworld@habitat.org.