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Beloved Community Concert: Rescheduled due to weather January 26 7:30pm St. John’s Episcopal Church


 

Hartford Habitat is pleased to announce our Beloved Community Concert and Build in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  All proceeds from the build and concert will benefit the House of Faith that will begin in April 2019.   Please click on the Eventbrite logo to purchase tickets.  Below are the biographies for celebrated artist.

Margaret Beers, classically trained lyric soprano, has had a life filled with music.  She has an extensive repertoire and has performed in the Hartford, CT region and throughout New England.  Margaret’s repertoire spans the centuries from Ned Rorem and Gwenyth Walker to George Frideric Handel and Maurice Ravel, including not only art songs and lieder, but also opera arias, operetta and folk songs. As a young girl, Margaret began her singing career in a children’s choir at Saint Alban’s Parish in Washington, DC, and studied voice while in boarding school at Tudor Hall School, Banbury, England.  She received her BA from Trinity College, Hartford.  While attending Trinity, she studied voice at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music.  Presently, Margaret is the soprano section leader and a Cantor at Sacred Heart Parish in Suffield, CT.

Several years ago, Margaret founded Trio Cantabile, which consisted of voice, harp and piano.  Concert venues include The Town and County Club in Hartford, CT, Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor, CT and The New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT.  She studies voice with Myrna Reynolds of Avon, CT and Doris Jung Popper of New York City.  Margaret has four grown children, all of whom are involved in music in some capacity, and lives in West Hartford with her cat, Emma.

Cleveland Alexander Williams – Baritone Singing praises of his beautiful archipelago home spans three decades of a professional, international, marketing career in our Ministry of Tourism. Dr. William’s other life’s work is defined by real singing, a vocal vocation. He strives to bring performance and fellow voices to perfection. This is his deeper satisfaction; his Rush. Perhaps a highlight of an astonishing journey so far was producing and directing Scott Joplin’s Opera, Treemonisha, July 2009, to celebrate 36 years of Bahamian Independence.

Indeed a public outcry was raised with demands for more of the same. The Nassau City Opera Company was so born. In the preparation of Porgy and Bess, it became obvious, that Cleveland could easily perform the entire opera and probably other works of the genre, alone as one-man, singing each role in each voice range, male or female. Cleveland confidently produced and artistically directed Nassau City Opera Company in its Inaugural Performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in July 2012 on the occasion of the 38th Anniversary of Bahamian Independence.

Stacy Cahoon, pianist, began her musical life at age five studying violin on Cape Cod. She earned her BM in Piano Performance at UMass Lowell where she developed her love of collaboration, and her MM in Accompanying and Ensemble from the Hartt School of Music. Solo recitals have taken place at Center Church in Hartford, The Unitarian Meeting House in West Hartford, and throughout Cape Cod. As a member of Trio Cantabile,(harp, voice, and piano) she has performed at the Wood Memorial Library and area churches. She is the accompanist for the Travelers Chorale, a post she has held since 1995, and is the rehearsal accompanist for the CitiSingers of Hartford. An independent piano teacher, she also devotes time to performing chamber music with the Musical Club of Hartford, and to composing. Vocal compositions have been performed at Bushnell Hall, and the Hartford Women Composers Festival. She lives in West Hartford, with her husband and one of her musical daughters.

 

Snow date:  January 26 at 7:30pm

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.

PLAYHOUSE RAFFLE AT GINGERBREAD BUILD

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

JANUARY 18-21: BELOVED COMMUNITY

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


FEBRUARY 23: BUILDING ON FAITH
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.


APRIL: YOUTH ADVOCACY
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


MAY: WOMEN BUILD
You will learn to frame, install siding and windows. The Habitat staff will be on
site!
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.

JUNE 6: 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.

AUGUST: STICKS FOR BRICKS GOLF AND COCKTAIL
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.

SEPTEMBER 28: ROCK THE BLOCK & DEDICATION
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! 

 https://hartfordhabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/youth/
 

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
 

Women Build

Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity is one of 300 Habitat organizations hosting Women Build projects in 2019.  Hartford Habitat will be hosting teams throughout the month of May.   Here are three ways to get involved:
  • Volunteer to raise or donate a minimum of $100  
  • Be a Fundraising Team Captain - Recruit your team to help build a home on North Main Street in Hartford.  Each team member must raise or donate a minimum of $100 to participate.  Recruit your co-workers,  sorority, church or civic group to come together for a worthy cause.  Download the tool kit for details on how to recruit your team!
  • Self Defense Fundraiser:  March 20th, 2019, Goodwin College, 5:30pm-7:00pm $10 per ticket for workshop event on

  • $10 per ticket for workshop event on March 20th, 2019, Goodwin College, 5:30pm-7:00pm
For more information, contact Rose Vigdal, our Engagement Manager, at 860-541-2208 ext. 2205.  We would love to host you on site!

Women Build 2019  

Join Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday, May 1 for our Annual Women Build Kickoff.

Danielle Mayo of MetLife is our guest speaker and the 2018 Women Build Chair. Through MetLife, Danielle became involved with corporate builds and was recommended by a crew lead to join the Women Build Committee. Last year as a part of the Committee, Danielle also became a Site Host. In reference to what Danielle loves the most about the Women Build, she responded:  “This is an event like none other. The habitat environment is always uplifting, leaving builders with a sense of pride, however, the sense of empowerment that is shared by a group of women coming together for one common cause is contagious. Even though the build is organized by women, the Women’s build only helps to add to our Habitat family, as both women and men come together for a build as strangers and leave feeling like longtime friends. As with all Habitat builds, when we come together for a common cause to provide a home for a deserving family, we leave feeling that all things are possible.”  Our Breakfast will be a great time to network and meet like-minded individuals as well as some of our homeowners!