Building a Thirst Brewery Ticket Book

Nine Chester County breweries have teamed up to create the Building a Thirst brewery ticket book benefitting Habitat for Humanity. Each book contains tickets redeemable for a free beer at each brewery between January 1 and September 3, 2018. Books are $40 (cash only) and will be sold at the following dates and locations:

   
     
     

Build a House…Build a Dream Contest for Kids 2018

Calling all fifth-grade builders, artists, architects, and engineers! Along with presenting sponsor Fox & Roach Charities, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is excited to announce the 15th annual Build a House…Build a Dream! contest for kids.

In this competition, fifth-grade students in the Delaware Valley work individually or in pairs to build their own three-dimensional, model dream homes. Students bring these models to our contest on the morning of Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Church Farm School in Exton for display and judging. There will be three rounds of judging with contestants being dismissed after each round. Contestants will begin to arrive at 8:30 AM and the first round will start at 9:15 AM. All three rounds and awards will last until approximately 12 PM. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, but raffles, food, and fun are guaranteed for all who attend!

Though there are few rules to the contest, please be sure to keep the following rules in mind when building your model dream home:

  • Models must be three-dimensional and fit on a base no larger than 2ft x 3ft.
  • Students must prepare one written description of about 100 words or less explaining why this is their idea of a dream house and highlighting any interesting features. This paragraph will be displayed with their homes.
  • Electrical outlets will not be available.
  • The use of liquids (water, slime, etc.) is not permitted, as we want to preserve the cleanliness of our contest venue!
  • Students must be prepared to discuss their entry with contest judges.
  • Model homes will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Originality and creativity
    • Use of materials
    • Appearance and design
    • Independent effort (This is a contest for kids, not their parents!)

 

This free contest is open to fifth grade students in public, private, and parochial, charter, and home schools throughout the Philadelphia area. Students may participate in this event individually or with a partner. If you are registering with a building partner, you only need to submit one form, but must provide an email address and parent/guardian contact of the building partner.

Participants will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of registering. As we get closer to the event, you will receive an email with final details. It is important that you add katie@hfhcc.org to your email contacts, as our .org email addresses oftentimes get sent directly to your email’s spam folder.

There will be a photographer on the premise who will be taking event photos. By entering this contest, parents and guardians are allowing photographs of their children to be taken and used for publicity and/or news purposes.

Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, as space constraints may limit the amount of entries accepted. All entries must be received by Friday, February 23. If you have any questions or trouble registering, contact Kate at katie@hfhcc.org or call 610-384-7993, ext. 10.

Register now!

The contest will take place in the Pavilion located on Church Farm School’s campus. Church Farm School (CFS) is located at 1001 Lincoln Highway, Exton.

Church Farm School is a day and boarding college preparatory school for boys in grades 9-12 offering a competitive, affordable and personalized education in Chester County, PA. Learn more about Church Farm School at www.gocfs.net.

  • Curriculum Guide for Teachers
    • There are many ways for teachers to incorporate Build a House into their curriculum. This helpful sheet offers some tips for integrating the contest into your lesson plans for a variety of different subjects.
  • Event Description
    • See this document for complete contest details and guidelines.
  • Contest Flyer
    • Help us spread the word! Bring this flyer into your school or show it to your favorite fifth grader!
  • Habitat Videos
    • Can’t quite find the words to explain Habitat’s mission to children? You’ll find plenty of videos on Habitat International’s YouTube channel, but this short video featuring a Habitat homeowner’s charismatic child is our favorite!
  • What exactly is this contest?
    • It may be easiest to think of the contest like a science fair, except instead of making a science project, students build a model home. Contestants spend time before the contest building their three-dimensional model dream home and then present it on the day of the contest along with a written paragraph as to why this is their dream home. Judges will evaluate each entry based upon originality and creativity, use of materials, appearance and design, and independent effort.
  • Who can participate in this contest?
    • Any fifth-grader in public, private, charter, parochial, or homeschool (or any other type of schooling we missed) can participate!
  • Can I work in a group of three or more?
    • Sorry, but you may only work individually or with one partner. We want to ensure that each team member has contributed and been fully engaged in the project, which becomes difficult with a larger group. We can also only fit so many people behind a table the day of the contest!
  • Are there any restrictions or requirements on what I can use to build my house?
    • Your house must be three-dimensional and fit on a base no larger than 2ft x 3ft and are not permitted to use liquids during the presentation of your house (we want to keep the venue floors clean!). Please also know that electrical outlets will not be made available.
  • Do I need to be present for the contest?
    • Yes, the contestant that builds the house must be there to present their model to the judges. If working in a pair and one contestant is unable to make it, you may present the home with only one contestant present.
  • Can I drop my child off at the contest and pick them up later?
    • All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the contest.
  • Can I bring my other children to this event?
    • Absolutely! Even though the contest itself is only open to fifth graders, the whole family can attend. While contestants receive raffle tickets, a light snack, and are eligible for prizes, there will be food for purchase and activities for the rest of the family!
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Hearne Hardwoods Supports Habitat

On September 29 and 30, Hearne Hardwoods, Inc., a specialty lumberyard in Oxford, held their annual Open House event. For the past several years, the Hearne family has selected Habitat as the recipient of the funds from their raffles and wood auction held during the Open House. This year’s event alone raised over $4,700 for the construction of affordable housing in our community. As to why they continue to choose Habitat as the beneficiary of this event, Hearne Hardwood’s owner, Rick Hearne, says:

“In a world beset with so many humanitarian crises, it is difficult to decide who needs our help the most. We at Hearne Hardwoods Inc. give first to our local charities and in particular Habitat For Humanity of Chester County. Having a healthy local community gives us a stronger core to reach out into other parts of the world to share some love.” 

We are so grateful for the Hearne family’s continued support of empowering Chester County families through building decent, affordable shelter!

Hearne Hardwood Check Presentation

150th Home Groundbreaking

On Thursday, October 26, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County officially broke ground on their 150th affordable home.

Habitat supporters, sponsors, and community members gathered at the site of the future home on 400 Community Lane, Coatesville in the Cambria Terrace community to reflect on the last 149 homes and celebrate the future of the organization.  Commissioner Kathi Cozzone called the community, “an incredible return on investment” on the Community Development Block Grant that the county awarded to Habitat in 2011 in order to cover the cost of infrastructure work in the neighborhood. She then presented Habitat Executive Director, Chip Huston, with a citation recognizing the milestone achievement.

Also present at the groundbreaking and pictured above (from left to right) is Mike Boyd from State Senator Andy Dinniman’s office; Commissioner Cozzone; Habitat Board of Directors President, Charles Whitford; Amber Little, from State Representative Harry Lewis’s office and Habitat homeowner; as well as Pat Bokovitz, Director of the Chester County Department of Community Development.

At the conclusion of the groundbreaking ceremony, Wells Fargo presented Habitat with a $160,000 check to fund two additional houses in 2018.

Habitat Partners with Wellington at Hershey’s Mill

This June, staff members from Wellington at Hershey’s Mill and their partner, Caring Hospice, volunteered for two days at Habitat for Humanity as part of their first community Volunteer Initiative.

These volunteer days were part of a larger effort to encourage a giving heart and spirit of service in Wellington staff and residents. Though the weather was too hot to bring residents, they participated back at Wellington by assisting in fundraising events and making gifts for incoming Habitat homeowners. In just three months, they held dress down days, bake sales, raffles, and sold t-shirt sponsorships to raise over $1,300 for Habitat’s mission.

Habitat was chosen for this partnership as a result of the efforts of Wellington employee, Sabrina Codella, who has been a Habitat homeowner herself in New Jersey since 2008. Since spending nearly 400 hours of sweat equity building her home, Sabrina went back to school, became a RN, and is now the Director of Resident Care at Wellington Court.

Ms. Codella said the idea behind the initiative, aside from bringing staff and residents together, was to alleviate the stigma that entering into a senior facility means that a person can no longer contribute to society. She said the attitude that she wanted to impress upon residents was that, “No matter what stage of life you’re in, you can give back to the community.”

We look forward to partnering with Wellington in the future and were grateful to be a part of their first community Volunteer Initiative!