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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 frame our homes!  

September 12th 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 begin framing the walls for its Main Street Build Project.  Hosted annually, at the start of fall, Build-A-Thon serves as one of Hartford Habitat’s largest fundraisers and a way to ensure its homes will be prepped for the winter season. 

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 12th to October 9th the following corporate groups volunteering their time, will join together in the common belief that “everyone deserves to have a place to call home.”  

Team Pictures available Here

Gingerbread Build

Calling all aspiring gingerbread architects, bakers, chefs, artists and builders! 

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BUILD HOLIDAY CHEER! 

Enter your edible masterpiece in this year’s 

Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity’s 

Gingerbread Build Showcase & Competition 

December 5th-8th & 12th -15th 

26 Trumbull St, Downtown Hartford (near Salute Restaurant)  

All entries will be on display at 26 Trumbull Street and will be raffled off  

in Celebration of Hartford Habitat’s 30 Year Anniversary! 

 

Categories and Official Rules 

Gingerbread Judging Categories 

  • Best in Show 
  • Best Group Effort 
  • Best Kid Entry (to age 15) 

Rules 

  • All entries must be entirely edible (not necessarily Gingerbread) 
  • All entries must be delivered to the event space on: 
  • Monday, December 3rd   between 4:00pm – 7:00 pm* 
  • Tuesday December 4th  between 10am – 2pm(Contact Rose for alternate date/times) 
  • You may pull your car up to the “drop off” area on Trumbull Street and a staff member will assist you in getting it into the space. 
  • Dimensions should not exceed 2 ft wide x 2 ft deep 
  • A STURDY base is necessary – consider plywood for heavy entries 
  • There should be an inch margin surrounding entry and edge of base 
  • Contest & Raffle Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 15th at Noon. 

TO REGISTER – Contact Rose Vigdal at: rose@hartfordhabitat.org or 860-541-2208 x2205 

PLEASE INCLUDE: Your Name, Business/School/Org, Email, Phone Number and Entry Category 

2018 Gingerbread Build Competition Info

2018 Gingerbread Build flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunkin’ Donuts YardGoats

Dunkin’ Donuts Kicked Off Second Annual Home Run Donation Program with a “Playhouse Build” at Dunkin’ Donuts Park

Dunkin’ Donuts has once again pledged to donate $100 to Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity for every Yard Goats home run at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in the 2018 regular season. 

To kick off the 2018 season’s donation program, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees and Yard Goats staff participated in a “Playhouse Build” on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.  Teams decorated two playhouses during this event: one which is located in the Travelers Fun Zone for fans to enjoy this season, the other playhouse will be raffled off, with all donations benefitting Hartford Habitat. Raffle tickets will be available through August 24, and can be obtained exclusively online. 

 

Ambassador Training

Please join us on October 4 for 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.
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 third 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 less than 20 employees so it requires 100% participation. 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

2018 Calendar

MARCH: AMBASSADOR TRAINING
Please join us on March 8 for 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.  For more information, please email volunteer @hartfordhabitat.org or call 860-541-2208 ext. 2201

 

Hartford Habitat will host our first youth advocacy conference on April 28th.  An opportunity for our future leaders to learn about the mission, support our advocacy efforts as well as assist our A Brush with Kindness program.
For more information,  please email volunteer@hartfordhabitat.org or call 860-541-2208 ext. 2201
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.  
 April 18-21 Building on Faith:  No experience is necessary to volunteer, and all faith groups are welcome. We will teach you everything you need to know on the build site, and there are a variety of tasks both indoors and outdoors to participate in that require all levels of skill and ability. We are looking for site hosts, snack and lunch providers and volunteers to make this build a success.  For more information, call Rose Vigdal, our Engagement Manager at 860-541-2208 ext. 2205.

 

You will learn to frame, install siding and windows. 
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. 
Our Annual Sticks for Bricks Tournament is scheduled for Monday, August 27th at Wampanoag Country Club of West Hartford.  Please contact Christina D’Amato for details on sponsorship.
Build-a-Thon is a multi-week build that allows us to enclose our homes before winter. It is a great opportunity for our corporate teams to get out of the office and do some building!  Build-a-Thon 2018 will be held in September.  Please contact Christina D’Amato for details on sponsorship.

30th Anniversary: Building Sustainable Communities with Hope

 

You are cordially invited to our Launch Party on October 18, 2018 at the Marriott, Downtown Hartford.  We look forward to an inspirational evening of hope as we launch into our 30th Anniversary.  We are thankful to Travelers, our presenting sponsor and community partner.  Travelers has sponsored more than 15 homes with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity.  All of the proceeds will be applied to our new development on Main Street in Hartford.  This development features 6 units and will complement our three recently completed homes!

Come Join the Party

Eventbrite for tickets

Contact April Hansley with any questions at 860-541-2208 ext. 2207

Youth Advocacy & Engagement

Through the month of April, Hartford Habitat will be highlighting our volunteers from ages 11-18! We are hosting several exciting events, activities, and build days. Please visit our Youth Volunteer “HUB” to view the entire calendar of events!  For questions about any of this information, contact Ryan Gorecki at volunteer@hartfordhabitat.org or call 860.541.2208 ext 2201.

1st Annual Youth Conference:

Please join us for our first annual Youth Conference on April 28th, 2018. This conference is an opportunity for our future leaders to learn about our mission, support our advocacy efforts as well as assist our “A Bush 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 be hosting five, 30 minute workshops for all of our guests including; a Habitat “101” information session, a discussion on our Beloved Community, two Habitat on the Hill breakout sessions, and a letter writing seminar! A light snack will be provided mid-morning, and lunch will be catered at noon.

After lunch, we are offering a chance for all of our volunteers to help decorate several playhouses that will be presented to our Homeowners and displayed at the State Capitol! Use your imagination to create a lasting gem for our families, and a reminder of the impact we have had within our community.

Alternative Spring Break/Youth Build Days:

From April 11th through the 13th, we are pleased to invite volunteers ages 16 and 17 to join us on a build site, in our ReStore, or behind the scenes in our office! Please note that for every four volunteers under 18, one chaperone 21 or older must accompany them on site. These spots are filling up fast, so please call Ryan Gorecki at 860.541.2208 ext 2201, to create your volunteer experience!!

A Brush with Kindness:

On April 14th, we have another opportunity for youth to support our most vulnerable neighbors (elderly, veterans and those with limited mobility). You will plant flowers, paint porches, rake leaves, secure porch steps and most definitely give someone a reason to smile!

Stop & Shop Advocacy Booths:

We have partnered with Stop & Shop to set up advocacy booths at several of their locations within the Greater Hartford Area! These booths are aimed towards spreading awareness about our “A Brush with Kindness” program and highlighting our local building projects. We are looking for volunteers to help run these events alongside of Habitat staff. Please contact Ryan Gorecki at volunteer@hartfordhabitat.org if you are interested and available for the following dates!!

Saturday, April 7th – Bloomfield, CT                10AM-2PM       (ABWK Celebration)
Saturday, April 14th – Hartford, CT                 (TBD)
Saturday, April 21st – East Hartford, CT         10AM-2PM       (ABWK & Earth Day Celebration)

*All donations received from these advocacy efforts will go to support, A Brush with Kindness.*

 

Thrivent Financial Sponsors 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 with Habitat for Humanity.  For the second year, we are hosting a Thrivent sponsored Building on Faith for Thrivent members and other Christian believers.  
 
September 22:  Family Fun Day
Come join us as we welcome the first day of autumn for our kick off event in Bloomfield at our Habitat ReStore. We will be offering "how to" workshops for Thrivent members to get you ready for your build day experience. We will also have a playhouse for your little Picasso's who love to paint! The fun begins at 11am through 3pm. Our ReStore is located at 500 Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield.
 
September 29:  Habitat Build Day 
We are building in Hartford where we are in the framing stage of our building project. Your build day begins with a 7:45am sign-in at the construction site and goes until 2:30pm. Details are available below under next steps.
 
Saturday October 6 - Thrivent Repair Day  Work along side a homeowner to help make exterior repairs and improvements to their home. The assigned project will make a difference in making the home safer and a better place to live.
 
Next Steps:
 
RSVP for the Family Fun Day or Thrivent Repair Day
with April Hansley, 860-541-2208 ext. 2207
 
Instructions on how to Register for the Build Day
Register to Build:  Contact Ryan Gorecki for questions on registering on the hub at 860-541-2208 ext. 2201
 
General Questions
For more information, call Rose Vigdal, our Engagement Manager at 860-541-2208 ext. 2205.