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Clive Rainey: Habitat for Humanity’s First Volunteer

Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity

Invites you to meet

Clive Rainey

Habitat for Humanity International’s First Volunteer


Clive Rainey joined Habitat for Humanity International on April 1, 1977, soon after the organization wa s formed, as its first volunteer. One of his early duties was serving as chair of the family selection committee for the house-building program of Koinonia, a rural Christian community where the idea of building homes in partnership with the poor was conceived. It was Rainey who brought the concept of “Sweat Equity” to Koinonia—and ultimately Habitat – after learning that developers of middle-class housing sometimes used a family’s unskilled labor on their house in lieu of a down payment. Today “Sweat Equity” is a key part of every Habitat build in 80 countries worldwide.

During his 35 years of service with Habitat, Rainey has travelled the worked and has challenged Habitat affiliates to serve as leaders in their own communities in the effort to eliminate substandard housing. He has urged affiliates to plan for and work towards significant increases in their own housing production and to create collaborative partnerships with other housing providers, local governments, civic groups, churches and other organizations and individuals in order to meet Habitat’s goal of eliminating substandard housing worldwide. Through his work, Clive Rainey helped to make Habitat for Humanity one of the most recognized brands in the world.

Now retired as a paid staff member of Habitat, Rainey has moved to Guatemala, where Habitat Guatemala has built more than 35,000 homes. Rainey plans to be involved with Habitat Guatemala as a volunteer for the rest of his life and with a ministry rescuing homeless children from the streets and providing them with the necessities of life, from housing, clothing and food to educational opportunities.

Join us as Rainey shares his stories from his 35 years of work with Habitat. He has an incurable case of “Habititus” as he likes to say!

Our event will be at The Town & County Club, 22 Woodland St., Hartford on Saturday, November 2nd at 10AM. Admission is free but by reservation ONLY. Please contact April Hansley, Operations Analyst at: (860) 541-2208 ext. 2207 or email RSVP@hartfordhabitat.org.






Build A Thon

Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity and 30 Greater Hartford Businesses 

Come Together to Our Annual Build-A-Thon 

Four weeks and over 600 volunteers ready to complete our Main Street-Hartford homes!  

September 4-27, 2019

September 4th marks the start of a four week building blitz for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity. With the support of 30 local businesses in the region, and over 600 of their employees, Hartford Habitat will complete our Main Street Build Project.  

Build-A-Thon brings together individuals from many industries including finance, manufacturing, insurance and technology, to devote one day to building safe, decent, affordable housing in their local community.  From September 4th to September 27th will join together in the common belief that “everyone deserves to have a place to call home.”  

For information on Build-A-Thon, please contact Christina D’Amato or Ryan Gorecki at 860-541-2208.


Now is your chance to enter to win one of these playhouses built by Bank of America Volunteers!  All 5 Playhouses will be raffled off as part of the Gingerbread Build and Showcase Competition with all proceeds benefiting Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity.  Bank of America & Hartford Habitat’s partnership goes back over 20 years with BOA completing thousands of volunteer hours and donating over $500,000 in support of Hartford Habitat’s mission to eliminate substandard housing, revitalize neighborhoods and provide affordable homeownership opportunities for families in the Greater Hartford Region.  The five themes are Barn Yard, Snoopy, Incredibles, School House and Farmer’s Market.

Please note:  The Playhouse raffle winner will be chosen at random on December 15th at 12pm. Winners will be required to pick up the 4ft x 4ft playhouse at 26 Trumbull Street, Hartford on Saturday, December 15, 2018. 

Ambassador Training

Please join us in 2019 for one of our “Habitat Ambassador” workshop. This is an opportunity to partner with Hartford Habitat’s team. We will be hosting the event at the CT Non-Profit Center in Hartford at noon and a light lunch will be served. You will meet our leadership team and learn about the various ways to get involved, such as: becoming a family partner, crew leader, site host, internships, office support, ReStore volunteer and much more.

  • March 7th
  • June 6th
  • October 4th

For more information, please email volunteer @hartfordhabitat.org or call 860-541-2208 ext. 2201

Hartford Habitat: Best Place To Work

Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Connecticut, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut for the fourth year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The first part consisted of evaluating each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Connecticut, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

This is quite an accomplishment for our affiliate because we have 19 employees.  Hartford Habitat has become the “go to provider” for employee engagement so this acknowledgement reflects our commitment to our employees as well as our sponsors.

For more information on engagement, please call 860-541-2208 or email info@hartfordhabitat.org

2019 Calendar


Hartford Habitat is pleased to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with an opportunity
to build the Beloved Community.  Join us on January 18-21st as we host a build day
on our Main Street new development. Click on the banner to register!
On January 20th, we will celebrate in song with Margaret Beers, Cleveland Williams
and Stacey Cahoon.  All proceeds from the build and concert will benefit the House
of Faith that will begin in April 2019.  St. John’s Episcopal Church, Farmington
 Avenue, West Hartford.  Tickets are $20.00 per person. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.
For more information, call April Hansley or Rose Vigdal at 860-541-2208

Since our beginning in 1989, Habitat has been built on a foundation of faith.
Join us on February 23 for breakfast and register your congregation for the House
of Faith Build days throughout 2019.  Asylum Hill Congregational Church 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 9am
For more information, call Rose Vigdal, our Engagement Manager at 860-541-2208 ext. 2205.

Hartford Habitat will host our first youth advocacy conference on April 27th.  An
opportunity for our future leaders to learn about the mission and support our advocacy
efforts.  For more information, please email volunteer@hartfordhabitat.org
or call 860-541-2208 ext. 2201

You will learn to frame, install siding and windows. The Habitat staff will be on
Information Night Flyer—Save the Date!
Friends and Families: Recruit your friends, sorority, church or civic group to come
together for a worthy cause. Each team member must raise or donate $100 to participate.
Email Rose or call 860-541-2208 ext. 2205 for details.

Please join us in 2019 for one of our “Habitat Ambassador” workshop. This is an 
opportunity to partner with Hartford Habitat’s team. We will be hosting the event
at the CT Non-Profit Center in Hartford at noon and a light lunch will be served. You will meet our leadership
team and learn about the various ways to get involved, such as: becoming a family
partner, crew leader, site host, internships, office support, ReStore volunteer 
and much more.

Our Annual Sticks for Bricks Tournament is scheduled for Monday, August 26th at 
Wampanoag Country Club of West Hartford. Please contact Christina D’Amato for
details on sponsorship.

On Saturday, September 28th, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity will dedicate six
homes on Main Street and conclude our 30th Anniversary. We are planning another 
great dedication to celebrate our mission that builds homes, community and hope.
 More details to come!

Youth Advocacy & Engagement

Please join us for our second annual Youth Conference on April 27th. This conference is an opportunity for our future leaders to learn about our mission, support our advocacy efforts as well as assist our “A Brush with Kindness” Program. We are welcoming all volunteers, ages 11 through 18 with a parent/guardian, to strengthen the foundation of our community! 

The conference will be held at the CT Non-Profit Center located at 75 Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford starting at 8:45am. We will begin our conference with several sessions including; an extended Habitat “101”, a Habitat Homeowner story session, and additional youth-focused breakout sessions.

Lunch will be provided at noon, and light snacks will be available throughout the day. During the conference, participants will also have the chance to build and decorate several Habitat Playhouses! The playhouse portion of the conference is a great opportunity for our youth advocates to get some hands-on experience and add their own personal touch to the experience.

There is no fee associated with this conference, and you can register here today! 


Registration will close on April 13, 2019. 

If you would like to reserve multiple slots for your youth group, or have any questions about this event, please reach out to Ryan Gorecki at volunteer@hartfordhabitat.org or call 860.541.2208 xt 2201. 



Building on Faith

Dear Friends,

Since our beginning in 1989, Habitat has been built on a foundation of faith. Our mission is to build safe, affordable housing with people in the United States and around the world, and that comes from a desire to put God's love into action.  We are pleased to share that Thrivent has been a wonderful partner and we will build another Thrivent and Build of Faith home in 2019!
Feb 23:  Build on Faith Breakfast and Information Session, Asylum Hill Congregation Church, 814 Asylum Avenue Hartford 9am
April 6: Beam Signing and Family Welcome, 823 Windsor Street, Hartford -  10am 
Contact  Rose Vigdal, our Engagement Manager at 860-541-2208 ext. 2205 for sponsorship opportunities.  Designated build days are reserved every weekday and Saturday for our Thrivent Members and Faith Partners
Instructions on how to Register for the Build Day
Thrivent Build Day new volunteer, Contact Ryan Gorecki for questions on registering on the hub at 860-541-2208 ext. 2201