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News – October 2015

Dear Habitat Family,

Corporate Partners Change Our World
Corporate donors make a big impact on the work we do through Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Two of our homes that are being dedicated this month were built with the support of corporate donors, Ingersoll Rand and Lowe’s. Both companies are part of a growing number of corporations who have embraced the value of contributing time and money to improve the lives of those less fortunate. The term “Corporate Citizenship” describes the work of these Habitat partners.
According to its website, Ingersoll Rand describes the expectations it has for the company, and writes:
Through our innovations and dedication to corporate citizenship and sustainability, we seek to create a positive impact on societies throughout the world.

According to the Lowe’s CEO, Robert Niblock:
At Lowe’s, we’re driven by a single purpose – to help people love where they live. This is a long-term commitment that we approach through continual improvement.

Not only did these corporations give the funds needed to build the homes, their employees volunteered to build on a weekly basis during one of the hottest summers on record. Week after week, employees volunteered to build walls, lay flooring, and shingle roofs for two Habitat homeowner partners.

Studies show that employees who volunteer truly get as much from the experience as they put into it. According to the study Good Companies, Better Employees, some of the outcomes of effective employee volunteer programs include:

Increased job satisfaction levels
Higher retention rates for employees who participated in volunteer activities than for those employees who did not.
Greater advancement: Employees who participated in volunteer programs appeared to be more prone to pursue promotion and development activities in the months following the participation in the volunteer programs.
Corporate volunteerism is good for everybody.

We are blessed to have such dedicated corporate volunteers. Without their support and hard work we would be unable to serve the growing number of qualified families in our service area at the rate in which they are currently being served.

Please take a moment to thank our corporate partners and encourage others to join us as we work to create a world where everyone has a quality place to live.

Thank you for your partnership,

Jeff Porter, Executive Director
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity

Our Towns Staff Member Takes Global Village Trip to Jordan

In August, Community Outreach Director, Courtney Beck traveled to the Middle East on a Global Village Trip with Habitat for Humanity International and personally raised the funds for this worthy adventure.

Habitat for Humanity Jordan operates in 11 communities, bringing opportunities for families to lead safe, healthy and productive lives. With 80 percent of the population currently living in cities, Jordan is faced with an urban housing crisis. Continued migration into the cities, combined with an influx of refugees from neighboring countries and the high level of urban poverty, have left many families without adequate shelter. These families are struggling with unsanitary conditions and social alienation. Courtney shares, “The days leading up to the Global Village trip I was feeling a little nervous. The idea of traveling 30+ hours to the Middle East by myself had become a little intimidating. I’m glad that I stuck it out as the trip was life changing! As our team was traveling from all over the world and had never met each until we all landed in Amman, Jordan. With a mutual love of Habitat for Humanity and an excitement to learn more about a culture which was foreign to us all, 14 strangers quickly bonded and became a little Habitat family!”

“The partner family we were building for was a sweet, young married couple named Mohammed and Noor. Mohammed is 22 years old and is in the army and Noor is 19 years old and a housewife. Once complete, their home will have two bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen. Our team built walls, bent rebar and mixed our own mortar with the guidance of a local builders. Being on the construction site was amazing. Our team worked side by side with Mohammed and Noor and other village leaders. Relationships formed and I began to experience Jordanian culture as a participant rather than a tourist.”

“I cannot express the gratitude I feel for having been a part of the Global Village team to Jordan. It was so much more than a trip. I left with new friends, a fresh perspective on Middle Eastern culture and an even deeper sense of pride to work for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is transforming lives and generations every day and I am honored to get to be a part of it.”

Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to welcome Dan Brewer and Reginald Keitt! Thanks to all our board members for their dedication, commitment and service to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity!

Dan writes: “I’ve been involved in Habitat builds since I was a young engineer. As a member of Central United Methodist Church in Mooresville, I’ve been on many work teams locally and abroad building homes or doing repairs for those in need. As a land development civil engineer, I feel that I can do more than being on work teams and can use my experience in subdivision design and planning to help in site selection. I’m honored to be on the board and look forward to working with everyone.”

Please welcome Reginald Keitt to our board of directors. He serves as Senior Pastor Mount Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church of Statesville and an active member of the Statesville branch of the NAACP and the Statesville Men’s Booster Ministry. Reginald has served as an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and is thrilled to encourage his church and the greater Statesville community to continue to become involved with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity mission to greater strengthen housing solutions for families in need.

Raising the Walls – Mooresville Faith Coalition

Thanks to Central United Methodist Church, Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Paul United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, and West United Methodist Church as well as the Town of Mooresville who have come together to build this new Habitat home in Burke Crossings in Mooresville.
If you’ve ever felt the urge to come out and support Habitat in some way, now is the time! We need Saturday construction volunteers. You would be on site from 7:45-1:00 (with a snack break at 10). This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning by meeting new people, learning new construction skills, and helping to build a house. With the accompaniment of a parent or guardian, youth ages 12+ can work on landscaping and punch and clean days, and youth ages 14+ can work in a variety of tasks including foundation prep and painting.

All volunteer groups requesting a TEAM BUILDING DAY should contact Cathy Petriano at 704-896-8957 x108 or cathy@ourtownshabitat.org. Youth ages 16+ can work on all sites, but are unable to use power tools or work on roofs. To sign up, go to www.ourtownshabitat.org and register at the Volunteer Up tab. Soon enough you will be wielding a hammer and helping create a new home for a member of our community.

Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to welcome Dan Brewer and Reginald Keitt! Thanks to all our board members for their dedication, commitment and service to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity!
Dan writes: “I’ve been involved in Habitat builds since I was a young engineer. As a member of Central United Methodist Church in Mooresville, I’ve been on many work teams locally and abroad building homes or doing repairs for those in need. As a land development civil engineer, I feel that I can do more than being on work teams and can use my experience in subdivision design and planning to help in site selection. I’m honored to be on the board and look forward to working with everyone.”

Please welcome Reginald Keitt to our board of directors. He serves as Senior Pastor Mount Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church of Statesville and an active member of the Statesville branch of the NAACP and the Statesville Men’s Booster Ministry. Reginald has served as an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and is thrilled to encourage his church and the greater Statesville community to continue to become involved with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity mission to greater strengthen housing solutions for families in need.

Every Child Needs a Place

Building Hope

Norma Harris Dedication

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