2019 Driving to Build Golf Outing

Join Habitat for Humanity for a day of golf on Monday, July 15 at French Creek Golf Club in Elverson. Designed by renowned architect, Gil Hanse (designed the 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Rio), French Creek is a challenging, exclusive, and scenic course. Proceeds from the outing benefit the construction of affordable homes in Chester County.

Where: French Creek Golf Club, 4500 Conestoga Road, Elverson

When: Monday, July 15, 2019. Registration opens at 9 AM, shot gun start at 10:30 AM.

Registration: $400 for an individual golfer or $1,500 for a foursome and two tee signs. Includes a continental breakfast at registration, on course food stations for lunch, and gourmet food and cocktails, a silent auction, and awards to follow after golf.

To register and learn about sponsorship opportunities, see our brochure. Questions? Contact Jason at 610-384-7993, ext. 12.

 

16th Build a House…Build a Dream Contest a Huge Success!

On Saturday, March 23, nearly 150 fifth-graders from across the Delaware Valley competed in the sixteenth annual Build A House…Build A Dream contest for kids presented by Fox & Roach/Trident Charities and Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. This was a record number of attendees for the annual fundraising event and a wonderful turnout from the community. In this competition, students worked individually or in pairs to build their own three-dimensional, model dream home. Contestants then brought their models for display and judging at Church Farm School on March 23. Judges and spectators remarked at the extraordinary level of detail and ingenuity seen in this year’s houses, which included a house built with books, houses built in the trees, and houses built with green technology!

Congratulations to our winners!
1st place: Giana and Sofie from Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary
2nd place: Sophia and Ceri from Garnet Valley Elementary
3rd place: Lila from Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary

The goal of Build A House…Build A Dream is to create awareness of the need for affordable housing throughout the Delaware Valley. The contest also raised over $20,000 to benefit Habitat home building programs for low-income families in Chester County. Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County has served 151 hard-working families and continues to build 2-6 houses a year.

We would like to thank Fox & Roach/Trident Charities for their continued support of the fundraising event and also Bill Henley, meteorologist at NBC10 Philadelphia, for emceeing the event. A BIG thank you to all the participants and their families for participating in this year’s event. You truly set the bar high for next year’s students! We’d also like to thank all the volunteers that came out to help setup, help students, judge homes and clean up after the event. We truly appreciate your time spent with Habitat for Humanity.

Another big thank you to all our corporate sponsors including Univest, Bentley Systems, PAX Partners of Raymond James, Bryn Mawr Trust, St. Gobain, RKL, The Martin Architectural Group, Giant, and Bernadon. Thank you to Church Farm School for hosting the event and NBC10 Philadelphia and YMCA of Greater Brandywine for being our event partners. Additionally, we had food, drink and raffle items donated by the following companies. A huge thank you to them as well! Downingtown BJ’s Wholesale Club, West Chester Philly Pretzel, Herrs Food Inc., Turkey Hill, Wawa, The Home Depot, Color Me Mine, Crayola, Currie Hair, Skin and Nails, Dave & Busters, Delaware Natural History Museum, Fellini Cafe, Oasis Family Fun Center, Palace Bowling, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Soul, Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Rock Gym, Picaboo, Reading Fightin Phils, Treehouse World, Tyler Arboretum and Walt Disney World. 

2019 Build a House…Build a Dream Event Info

Frequently asked questions for the day of the event:

Q: What time should students arrive?

A: Please arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am on Saturday March 23rd to register and setup your dream homes. The competition will begin at 9:00 am with three rounds of judging. The event will conclude at approximately 12:00pm.

Q: Where is the event being held?

A: The competition will be at the Pavilion at Church Farm School in Exton. Located at 1001 E Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341. Visit https://goo.gl/maps/P43hxjbXJXJ2 for Google Map location. There will be signs and attendants helping with drop off and parking. Please do not park right in front of the entrance to the pavilion. We leave this space open to make dropping off dream homes easier. Below is a map of the campus.

Q: Will there be refreshments available?

A: Each student will receive a free drink and free snack. We will have other snacks and drinks available for purchase. Snack items are priced at $1 so please bring cash, we won’t be able to accept card payment under $10.

Q: What other fun things are happening?

A: NBC10’s Bill Henley will be emceeing the event this year as he has done in the past and we are excited to have him back! We will also have a free raffle for students to enter with chances to win bowling passes, rock climbing tickets and more! Our adult raffles have some amazing prizes as well. This year, Disney graciously donated 6 one day park hopper passes to be used in Walt Disney World! The YMCA of Greater Brandywine will also have an activity table along with build kits from Home Depot for kids of all ages.

If you have further questions, please email info@hfhcc.org or call 610-384-7993 extension 19. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Building a Thirst fundraiser continues with more brewery ticket book sale dates

Whether you missed a fundraising date or have used up your coupons, we have you covered! We have several more dates coming up at these great local craft breweries. Come out to support Habitat for Humanity of Chester County along with great craft beer.

A quick reminder of the fundraiser; Each book contains tickets redeemable for a free beer at each brewery between January 1 and September 2, 2019. Books are $40 (cash only) and will be sold at the following dates and locations:

Locust Lane Brewing, 50 Three Tun Rd., Suite 4, Malvern
Thursday, March 14, 4pm-7pm

Rec Room by Conshohocken Brewing, 230 Bridge St., Phoenixville
Thursday, March 21, 4pm-7pm

Crowded Castle Brewing, 242 Bridge St., Phoenixville
Thursday, March 28, 5pm-8pm

Root Down Brewing Company, 1 North Main St., Phoenixville
Thursday, April 4, 4pm-7pm

Check out our Facebook events page for more info! https://www.facebook.com/chescohabitat/events/

Special thanks to all the breweries participating:

                            

Winter 2019 Newsletter

Groundbreaking News from the West Grove Site!

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

In partnership with the Chester County Commissioners, the Chester County Department of Community Development, and the Borough of West Grove Habitat is overseeing the infrastructure work on and surrounding our 6.8 acre property in West Grove. Habitat purchased this lot in 2010 with plans to build 40 affordable, owner-occupied homes.

The infrastructure work: storm water management, street improvements, paving, etc., was made possible by two generous Community Revitalization Program grants, awarded to the Borough by the County Commissioners.  Habitat’s engineering firm, Edward B. Walsh & Associates, is working with the site subcontractor, Meco Constructors, to carry out the activity.

The 40 homes will forever change the lives of everyday, hard-working families who struggle with the high cost of rent and do not qualify for a conventional mortgage. Teachers from the Avon Grove School District, hospital employees from Jennersville, and many others within the low- to moderate-income range are all great candidates for housing. We are very excited for the opportunity to enlist a new neighborhood of residents looking to add value to the community around them.

An official ceremony will be announced for the spring, and the housing application window will open later this year.

Fond Farewells and New Faces

Kate Weidner started as a ReStore volunteer in 2013 and took on the role as Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator in our administration office in 2014. Kate was dedicated to making Habitat the best that it could be through her commitment to the volunteers and taking on any challenge that came her way. Thank you Kate for all your hard work and we wish you good luck on your new venture!
Latifa Brown has been with Habitat since September and is actively looking for ways to increase our volunteer base. She previously worked in the market research industry for 8 years and is excited to use her marketing skills in the non-profit sector. When she’s not in the office, she can be found in the gym coaching volleyball.
Becki Lapotsky joined Habitat for Humanity as the Marketing and Communications Manager in late October. With a background in marketing for non-profit organizations and startups, her goal is to share all the good that Habitat does for the community.

 

Building a Thirst Brewery Ticket Book Sales

We have re-enlisted the help of nine Chester County breweries to participate in our 2nd Building a Thirst brewery ticket book fundraiser. Each book contains tickets redeemable for a free beer at each brewery. All the proceeds go directly to the construction of more homes, providing a hand-up to deserving, hard-working families.

Last year’s books sales generated $11,000 in funds that went directly to the purchase of building materials. This year we are on track for a repeat performance with successful sales dates at Locust Lane, Stable 12 and La Cabra brewing. Be sure to visit our Facebook page for an up to date list of remaining events and a reason to visit these great local craft breweries.

A special thanks to the brewery participants:

    

 

Build A House…Build A Dream! 2019 Contest

Calling all fifth-grade builders, artists, architects, and engineers! Along with presenting sponsor Fox & Roach and Trident Charities, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is excited to announce the 16th 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 home. Students bring these models to our contest on the morning of Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Church Farm School in Exton for display and judging. There will be three rounds of judging with winning contestants advancing after each round. Participants will 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.

Visit https://hfhcc.org/buildahouse2019/ for more information.

Kennett Square ReStore Closing

      

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County has made the difficult decision to close our Kennett Square ReStore location effective March 9, 2019. The decision to close the ReStore was not entered into lightly and came only after we reviewed every option to maximize the impact of our mission and best serve our community. The Caln (Coatesville) ReStore will continue to operate and accept donations from the Chester County area.

Habitat has decided that we can do the most good for the Chester County area by focusing on a single store and, most importantly, the construction of decent, affordable homes in the county. We will continue to keep the community informed of updates and timelines as we draw closer to March. We are grateful for the support that our shoppers, donors, volunteers, and staff have shown the Kennett Square store for the past 7 years.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Scott Cornell

Scott has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Chester County since February 2010. His first build was on Bolmar Street in West Chester after he found the opportunity online. Upon returning home from a 2006 mission trip doing relief work for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Scott was inspired to continue volunteering locally and even took some residential electricity courses at Delaware Community College. When we asked him why he continues to volunteer he replied “I would say that two aspects grew in importance. The first was witnessing the Habitat homeowners realize their dream. I got to see a number of them go well beyond their ‘sweat equity’ requirements and I was pleased that I could help make their dream a reality. The second was the camaraderie among the regular volunteers. Lunch hour at the shed is often the most interesting and light-hearted moment of the day.” Scott says his favorite part of being on the site is that with the recent retirement of a number of volunteers from the electrical crew, he hopes that he can be a resource for the electrical aspects of future homes. He feels that his retirement years are being devoted to the work that pleases the Lord and, of course, the friendships made on the site with the “regular” volunteers. Scott finished by saying “At the end of the day, you will be dirty, you will be tired, you will have some aches and pains, but you will feel good about your day,” and that “regardless of (your) level of skill, Habitat will find a role for you.” We would like to thank Scott for all of his hard work and dedication he continues to put into these homes that change peoples lives!

 

September 2018 Home Dedications

On Saturday, September 22, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County homeowners, volunteers, partner families, donors, and other community supporters gathered to celebrate the dedication of two new homes on Community Lane.

The new homeowners were presented with gift baskets provided by the Chester County Food Bank. Wendy Gaynor, Director of Food Security Initiatives, presented the gift baskets to this year’s four new Habitat homeowners, including two whose homes were dedicated in the spring earlier this year. “It’s an honor to be here. And we want to do our part to welcome you to your new home and make sure your home, hearts and pantries are full” was the message Wendy delivered at Community Lane.

Other speakers included Director of Chester County Department of Community Development, Pat Bokovitz, who spoke of going to a lot of different events in Chester County, “but there is nothing like a Habitat celebration. Celebrating good people getting new homes is great stuff,” said Bokovitz.

This ceremony brought a first for Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. As new homeowner Marcus spoke of how much he believes in Habitat’s mission, he explained why he went above the required “sweat equity” hours. “I put in more hours because I believe in the mission. I believe in building this community up,” Marcus stated.  As he wrapped up his kind words about Habitat, he started to express his gratitude for his partner, Maryann. The crowd stood in awe as Marcus spoke of how Maryann has blessed his life and the love she has for him. He ended down on one knee, with a ring in one hand and asked her to marry him. Maryann said yes, Habitat supporters cheered and some shed tears. We were thankful to be a part of their big moment.

We are confident that Tonia and family as well as Marcus, Maryann and family will be a great addition to Community Lane.  Thanks to all our wonderful supporters who make this important work possible!